Cold Chain Companies See New Executives

A variety of companies that work within the cold chain are hiring new executives.

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Perishable Shipping Solutions Hires New COO

Perishable Shipping Solutions, a leader in the e-commerce market for perishable cold and frozen food fulfillment logistics, announced that e-commerce veteran Stephanie Riffell has joined the company’s executive leadership as chief operating officer. PSS has experienced rapid year-over-year growth as consumers continue to accelerate e-commerce food deliveries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COO is a new position reporting to CEO Mark Nelson and is key to further expand “last mile” direct-to-consumer shipping capabilities to support the company’s current and future growth. Riffell brings over 20 years of deep expertise and operational excellence in strategic planning, process development, multi-site inventory management, demand planning and safety protocols for essential workers.

Generation Farms Grows with Mike Thomas as General Manager

Generation Farms (, the smallest big company in produce, continues its expansion with the addition of respected produce industry veteran Mike Thomas to the newly created position of general manager.

Thomas began his produce career over 30 years ago as a third-generation vegetable grower at his family’s Florida produce company. Over the years, he has excelled in every aspect of the business, from growing and production to packaging, distribution and sales, which gives him the breadth and depth of experience necessary to oversee Generation Farms’ continued growth.

Betts Joins Interstate Cold Storage as National Sales Manager

Interstate Cold Storage, a family-owned public refrigerated warehouse company, announces that Charles Betts has been appointed national sales manager. Betts will be responsible for all five cold storage facilities in Indiana and Ohio, according to an announcement by president Vince Tippmann, Jr. Betts has more than 25 years’ experience in warehousing and foodservice management. He has previously worked at Preferred Freezer Services, Verde Farms, Cheney Brothers and US Foods.

California Pizza Kitchen Names Judd Tirnauer Executive VP, CFO

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) announced the appointment of Judd Tirnauer as executive vice president and chief financial officer. With over 25 years of progressive finance and strategic planning experience mainly in the restaurant and retail business, including over 10 years in the CFO role, Tirnauer will lead CPK’s financial restructuring strategy, focus on growth opportunities, and oversee the accounting and finance teams. Judd most recently served as the CFO for Black Angus Steakhouse in Sherman Oaks, CA, and prior with Real Mex Restaurants and Wet Seal.

Alto-Shaam Boosts Regional Key Accounts Support with Two Senior Appointments

Alto-Shaam, a global leader and innovator in the foodservice equipment industry, has appointed two experienced business development managers to assume newly created United States regional positions.

To further enhance Alto-Shaam’s high level of operator support, Bill Rodgers has been promoted to manager of regional key accounts, East, whilst Ryan Hansen has been promoted to manage the Central region.