2013 IFMA Board of Directors Announced

Kent Walrack, Lyons Magnus, Elected Chairman of the Board

Feb 05, 2013, 09:11 ET from IFMA

CHICAGO, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), a leading trade association, established in 1952, comprising more than 300 of the world's most prestigious food, equipment and supply manufacturers and other organizations that support the foodservice industry, announced that 10 new officers and directors have been elected to the 2013 Board of Directors.

Kent Walrack, President & Chief Operating Officer, Lyons Magnus has been elected as chairman of the board.

Walrack began his career at Lyons Magnus 29 years ago and has remained with the company throughout three relocations and nine promotions. In 2012, IFMA awarded Walrack the Key Person Award at The IFMA/IFDA Presidents Conference, a premier industry event for foodservice leaders. The annual award honors an individual in the foodservice manufacturer community who has an exceptional record of activity and high level of commitment to IFMA.

"Kent brings to IFMA a depth of foodservice experience that few can duplicate," said Larry Oberkfell, President & CEO, IFMA. He and Lyons Magnus are fully committed to the success of our industry and we are confident they will positively influence our member community in 2013."  

IFMA provides programs and events that enable members to connect with fellow foodservice leaders and supply chain partners, discover key insights and best practices and optimize their execution for success.

IFMA 2013 Board of Directors




Doug Allison

Kent Walrack

Vice President of Industry Relations &

President & COO


Lyons Magnus

PepsiCo Foodservice

First Vice Chairman

Michael Cannon

Loren Kimura

Vice President Sales & Marketing

President & CEO

Surlean Foods

Basic American Foods

Jim Clough

Vice Chairman


Richard Ferranti

Schwan's Food Service Inc.

Executive Vice President & COO

Rich Products Corporation 

Don Davis

President, Foodservice

Vice Chairman 

Hillshire Brands

Joe Bybel

Vice President Marketing & Innovation 

Dave Dudick

McCain Foods USA 

Senior Vice President & President Bakeries and



General Mills, Inc.

Kevin Delahunt

President-Food Service Division 

Connie Fuller

Sargento Foods Inc. 

Director of Sales

B&G Foods, Inc.

Educational Foundation Chairman

Ray Welch 

Frank Graves


Vice President Branded Solutions – US Regions

ThirsTea Corp. 

Starbucks Coffee Company

2012 Chairman  

John Hans

Mark Bendix  

President, U.S. Foodservice


Heinz North America

East Balt Bakeries

Rod Hepponstall

2011 Chairman 

Vice President & General Manager

Mike Hickey  

Lamb Weston/ConAgra Foods

Executive Vice President & President Global   


Eric Hetrick


Managing Director, P&G Professional, Americas

The Procter & Gamble Company

Brian Huff


Kellogg's Specialty Channels

Marc Jennings

Vice President Field Sales

Cargill, Inc.

Phil Kafarakis

Vice President Food Service

McCormick & Company, Inc.

Rick Kirkpatrick

Vice President Sales & Marketing

Sweet Street Desserts

Tim Levenda

Vice President Sales

Pactiv LLC

Simon Marshall

President, North America

Uniliver Food Solutions

Bill McClellan

Vice President Foodservice

Dawn Food Products

Perry Miele


Nestle Professional North America – Food

Ken Miller

Vice President & General Manager Foodservice

The J.M. Smucker Company                             

Alfredo Ortiz

Vice President of Foodservice National Accounts

CSM Bakery Products

Fred Paglia

President, Kraft Foodservice North America

Kraft Foods Group, Inc.

Kathleen Schartner

Vice President, National Accounts

Sani Professional

John Schmitz

Vice President & General Manager

Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Ben Shanley

Vice President Distributor Development

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA

Malcolm Simmonds

Vice President Foodservice Sales & Marketing

J.R. Simplot Company

Lisa Will

Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Lawrence Foods, Inc.

For more information on IFMA, contact Lisa Ptak at lisa@ifmaworld.com or 312-253-4690 and visit ifmaworld.com.

About International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA)

IFMA is a leading trade association comprising more than 300 of the world's most prestigious food, equipment and supply manufacturers in the $600 billion foodservice industry, as well as related marketing service organizations, trade publications, distributors and brokers. IFMA's mission is to serve as a business partner to its members by bringing them relevant, actionable services that are fundamental to their business assessment, planning and execution.