SMITH CHOSEN TO SUCCEED NODDLE AS FMI CHAIRMAN
ORLANDO, Fla. — Steve Smith, president and chief executive officer, K-VA-T Food Stores, Abingdon, Va., has been chosen as the next chairman of Food Marketing Institute, it was revealed at FMI's Midwinter Executive Conference here last week. The association, based in Arlington, Va., traditionally does not publicly release the name of the incoming chairman, who serves a two-year term, until the eve of the annual FMI Show in early May. K-VA-T is part of the 90-unit Food City chain operating in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.
FOOD LION NAMES MILLS VP, SALES AND MARKETING
SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion here last week named Ken Mills vice president of sales and marketing. Mills will report to Mike Haaf, senior vice president of sales, marketing and business strategy. At Food Lion, Mills will drive overall marketing strategy. Mills most recently was a vice president of marketing for the Red Lobster division of Darden Restaurants, Orlando, Fla. Previously, he served as senior vice president of advertising with Universal Studios Escape and as a group manager of marketing communications for Polaroid.
WILLARD BISHOP REORGANIZES, NAMES NEW PARTNERS
BARRINGTON, Ill. — Willard Bishop here said Bill Bishop, founder and formerly president of the industry consulting firm, has been named chairman. Jim Hertel, formerly senior vice president, and Paul Weitzel, formerly vice president, have been named managing partners and have assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations. Jon Hauptman and David Bishop, formerly vice presidents, have both been promoted to partner. “The partners are now responsible for driving the growth of the business,” Bishop said. “I'm not leaving, but I've taken more of a steering role.” In addition, Craig Rosenblum has been named to the newly created position of vice president, business development. Before joining Willard Bishop, he worked in business development for Prescient Applied Intelligence, Crossmark and Milton Merl & Associates.