King and Rhodes to new posts at 21st Century Grain

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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KANSAS CITY — Michael King and Steve Rhodes have been named to new positions at 21st Century Grain Processing.

Mr. King has joined the company as director of research and development and technical sales. Most recently he was new products manager at Pizza Hut Inc., where he was responsible for developing that company’s new national products. Earlier, he spent 10 years with the Frito-Lay Co. as a product leader in productivity, a commercialization scientist and a scientist in innovations and seasonings.

Mr. King received a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Furman University and a master’s degree in food science at Cornell University.

"Michael brings new ideas and an excellent background and experience in consumer product and process development and innovation to 21st Century Grain Processing," said Lynn Rundle, chief executive officer. "His talent will enhance the value-added portfolio of ingredients that we envision as the foundation of growth for 21st Century Grain Processing."

Mr. Rhodes has been promoted to vice-president of finance with responsibility for financial strategy, analysis and planning and for strategic growth initiatives. He joined the company in July 2007 as chief financial officer. Prior to joining 21st Century Grain, he was executive vice-president and c.f.o. of West Plains Co., president and c.e.o. of Reorganized FLI, Inc., and executive vice-president and c.f.o. of Farmland Industries.

He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Northwest Missouri State University and a master’s degree in finance at Rockhurst University.

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