Here are just a few of the interesting executive changes making headlines over this past week:
Triple Scoop for Blue Bell
American ice cream company Blue Bell Creameries announced effective immediately the promotion of Ricky Dickson to president. Following 30 years with Blue Bell, Paul Kruse, who has been president and CEO since 2004, will retire but remain active as a board member. The first company president not from the Kruse family to lead since 1919, Dickson has served in multiple leadership roles for Blue Bell over a 36-year tenure. Of equal importance, the role of chairman will be taken on by Jim Kruse, who currently serves as Bank of Brenham’s president and whose previous career included 20 years with the creamery. The final scoop is the transition of Greg Bridges to EVP of plant operations following an impressive 32 years with Blue Bell. These changes come nearly two years after Blue Bell’s listeria crisis that swept supermarket shelves across the nation; the company looks to move forward with continued rebuilding of the brand as the best ice cream in the country.
Nissan Shifting Direction in 2017
Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan announced it will follow the suggestion of current chairman Carlos Ghosn to promote Hiroto Saikawa to CEO effective in April. Ghosn will continue as chairman for Nissan but will focus on his current position as CEO of the Renault Group along with his chairman duties within the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Saikawa is the current co-CEO for Nissan and is also the chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. He has held numerous leadership roles during his lengthy career with Nissan and previously served as a board member for Renault Group. Saikawa will focus on delivering performance and driving development of the alliance.
Controversy Down Under
CEO Ahmed Fahour recently announced his resignation from postal service company Australia Post. Fahour has served in this role for seven years but is set to depart from the company in July. News of the resignation comes amid political controversy with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who made his disapproval of Fahour’s A$5.6 million remuneration package clear to the public. Upon confirmation of his resignation, Mitch Fifield, the communications minister for the government, stated that there would be a future evaluation of salary including employment conditions for the next managing director of Australia Post by the Remuneration Tribunal. Despite public outcry, Fahour has denied that criticism from the government caused him to resign, but it was simply time to move on. With the company bringing in a profit of A$197 million before tax, Fahour’s resignation presents the opportunity for Australia Post to identify a new leader to continue strategic development.
Look for more Executives on the Move next week!
Laurie Rahn works on the Global Customer Experience team with a primary focus on ensuring data quality and maintaining key business relationships by supporting high-profile accounts within the telecommunications, technology, and strategic national industries. She holds a BA in journalism with a minor in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin. Laurie has been with Dun & Bradstreet for six years and has also worked for IBM and Sears Holdings.