Pierre St-Laurent has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), full service at the Empire Company. St-Laurent assumes responsibility for merchandising, retail operations, and supply chain across the company’s full service and community banners, including Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Thrifty Foods and Foodland. St-Laurent has been the exceptionally effective, results-oriented leader of the company’s Quebec business, the national chief merchant for the past year and a driving force behind the company’s category resets.
Annette Danek-Akey, senior vice-president of supply chain at Penguin Random House, is the 41st president of the WERC Board of Directors. A member of WERC since 2012, Danek-Akey has been a tireless volunteer for the organization, serving as a presenter at WERC’s Annual Conference for Logistics Professionals, a participant in several planning committees, and on the Board since 2016. WERC installed three new officers: Gerald Perritt, senior vice-president, Kuehne + Nagel, was appointed as vice -president; Jason Minghini, vice-president of supply chain solutions at Kenco Logistics Services was appointed WERC secretary/treasurer; and Ken Woodlin, vice-president of U.S. operations at Canopy Growth Corp. is the past president. WERC also welcomed five new members to the Board: Jeremy Banta, supply chain management program coordinator and professor, Columbus State Community College; Chad Claude, director of operations, DHL Supply Chain; Brian Devine, division vice-president, ProLogistix; Will Sparks, director of logistics field support, Tractor Supply Company; and Arch Thomason, CEO, Sunland Logistics Solutions.
Material Handling Systems, Inc. has named co-founder and COO Scott McReynolds as its CEO, succeeding co-founder and CEO Tony Mouser. Mouser, who stepped down from his position as CEO, will continue managing special projects, and co-founder Greg Judge remains in his role as president. Both will support McReynolds in broad company leadership.
Cognex Corporation‘s senior vice-president of finance and administration and CFO John Curran resigned on May 3, 2019. “I want to thank John for his contributions during his two-year tenure as CFO, which include the successful implementation of Cognex’s new ERP system and the further development of our finance and administration organization,” said Robert Willett, Cognex’s president and CEO.