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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – CHS Inc. has named Rick Cummings as vice president of its Lubricants division, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Cummings will assume responsibility for the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of multiple brands of lubricants, including Cenex and Farm-Oyl products, as well as packaging private label lubricants for other leading companies.

Cummings leaves his position as vice president of CHS Refined Fuels Sales and Energy Services to take over the CHS Lubricants division responsibilities, formerly handled by Anwer Hussain, who recently retired after many years of service to the petroleum industry.

In other people news:

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters appointed Coca-Cola executive Brian Kelley to its top CEO post, replacing Lawrence Blanford, who had led the company since 2007.

Kelley's appointment follows an almost eight-month CEO search after Blanford in February told the board he planned to retire.

Kelley, who took charge on Dec. 3, had been the chief product supply officer for Coca Cola Refreshments since October 2010, and was expected to take over as president of the unit next January.

Green Mountain will pay Kelley an annual base salary of $900,000 and a signing bonus of $600,000, according to a regulatory filing.


HEINEKEN USA appointed Oscar Garcia as region vice president of sales, Central Region. In his new role, Garcia will report to Scott Blazek, senior vice president of sales, and will be responsible for driving portfolio performance and delivering results through the effective management of regional resources. He will oversee relationships with HEINEKEN distributor partners and key regional accounts, as well as assess and improve the effectiveness of retail executions that support brand development to ensure delivery of company objectives.

Garcia joins HEINEKEN USA from the HEINEKEN Global Commerce Americas team where he was responsible for the deployment, coordination and rollout of the Global Sales Capability agenda in the Americas Region.

Nash Finch Co.

Nash Finch Co. named Kevin Elliot executive vice president of the company as well as president and chief operating officer of Nash Finch Wholesale/Retail.

Elliot succeeds Christopher Brown, who had been president and chief operating officer of the wholesale division, but left that position. Brown will remain with the company in a transitional role through Jan. 3.

Elliot most recently had been senior vice president of merchandising, logistics and marketing at Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc., where he worked from 2001 to 2010. He was responsible for overseeing the corporate store and franchise operations as well as 7-Eleven’s national distribution network, comprised of 26 distribution centers.

In his new role, Elliot will be responsible for Nash Finch’s food distribution and corporate retail operations. He reports to Alec C. Covington, president and chief executive officer, Nash Finch Co.

Nestle Waters North America Inc.

After 20 years in his current position and 34 years with the company, Nestlé Waters North America Inc. president and CEO, Kim Jeffery, will step down to assume a non-executive chairman position, effective February 1, 2013. He will be succeeded by Tim Brown, president and CEO of Nestlé Canada, who has been appointed president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America Inc. (NWNA).

Brown has served as president and CEO of Nestlé Canada since 2010, overseeing global brands including Stouffer's, Lean Cuisine, Buitoni, Nescafe, Kit Kat and Smarties. He will be succeeded in Canada by Shelley Martin, who is currently president of Nestlé Canada's frozen division.

OPW Fueling Components, A Dover Company

OPW’s Jim Walton, vice president of regulatory affairs, will retire at the end of the year. Walton is a 30-year veteran of OPW.

For the past 4 years, Walton was responsible for developing and steering the company’s regulatory strategies. He represented OPW in interactions with federal and state regulatory agencies and trade associations.


PepsiCo named Brett O'Brien as senior vice president and general manager of Gatorade.

A 12-year veteran of the food and beverage giant, O'Brien previously served as vice president of marketing for Mountain Dew, Flavors and Amp Energy.

O'Brien fills part of the opening left by Sarah Robb O'Hagan, who is now president of Equinox fitness clubs.

In his career at PepsiCo, O'Brien has held a variety of marketing positions, including working with the company's juice drinks, Urban Lifestyle Programming, Pepsi Music and Millennial Initiatives.

Swisher International, Inc.

Industry veteran John J. Miller has joined Swisher International Inc. as senior vice president of sales and marketing; Swisher has consolidated its sales and marketing functions under his leadership.

Miller comes to Swisher with a wealth of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the company’s products and customers. With more than 25 years in the industry, Miller most recently served as executive vice president at California-based The Page Group, where he consulted with companies to promote products and increase sales. In that capacity, Miller worked directly with Swisher to assist in the successful launch of its new electronic cigarette product offerings.

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