Tomra Food expands leadership with new management roles

A significant boost has been delivered to Tomra Food, as it strengthens its leadership team with four new senior management appointments as it seeks to enhance its industry sorting systems, writes Neill Barston.

Notably, the business hasĀ  appointed four new heads of department in its Processed Food business area, handling core product lines handling potatoes, nuts, vegetables, Dried Fruit, Meat and Poultry, Proteins, and Pet Food.

Two new senior managers have been appointed to the previously-existing roles of Head of Global Sales and Head of Service, and two new posts have been created for Head of Product Management and Head of People & Organisation.

This increases the number of people in Processed Food’s senior management team from six to eight. All the new appointments became operational this month.

These new appointments result from an internal review led by Ken Moynihan (pictured main image), who became CEO of Tomra Processed Food when the business area was created just over a year ago. Ken previously served for two years as CEO of Compac, the New Zealand-based global leader in fresh fruit sorting technology, which the business acquired in 2017.

Moynihan noted: “The future of food processing will be more complex and sophisticated as we support our customers to increase yields and quality to meet growing demand. These changes will demand sensing and sorting technology innovations, artificially intelligent self-optimising lines, and digitally connected data-driven support services. Tomra will be a leader in this transformation, ensuring our customers stay at the forefront of these exciting changes and opportunities, and operate at their full capability every hour, every day, all year round.

“To lead the way, we need a strong, innovative, and customer-centric organisation that understands our customers intimately; feels their pain and shares in their successes and is driven to innovate and create new solutions that take our customers into their future. After a year evaluating the organisation, listening to our customers and our people, we have set our strategy and now taken the first steps toward that future with these four new appointments.”

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Ken searched for high-caliber talent with the global experience and commitment to excellence necessary to deliver on the ambitious strategy.

“As a global business,” Ken said, “it is essential that our leaders have wide-reaching global experience and a deep understanding of our customers so we can grow together. Our customers know their businesses better than anybody else, but we know the most effective technical solutions for their businesses better than anybody else. Put those two abilities together, and magic happens.

“We are going to move further and faster along our path from being a global technology provider to being a global solutions provider, leading the industry by creating new value for all our customers, and ensuring their plants run at maximum efficiency 24 hours per day, seven days per week. ”

As the business confirmed, the new appointments were made with one internal promotion and three people from outside the food industry.

This includes Karel Strubbe, head of global sales Tomra Processed Food at Tomra Food, who has been promoted to his latest role from his previous post as sales director EMEA.

Before that, he was sales director Americas and Oceania. During his 14 years with TOMRA Food (starting as Area Sales Manager in Brussels, Belgium, in 2007), Karel has reportedly acquired significant knowledge of the operational needs of the company’s customers.

Meanwhile, Vera Boon, head of service Tomra Processed Food, joins from her role as global services leader at Ingersoll Rand, a global market leader with a broad range of innovative and mission-critical air, fluid, energy, specialty vehicle, and medical technologies. She was previously Ingersoll Rand’s global commercial operations & go-to-market leader, sales and services.

Kris De Smet, head of product management Tomra Processed Food, has director-level product management experience in electronic security and video surveillance. Kris was Product Management Leader EMEA – Video at GE Security, a division of General Electric’s GE Enterprise Solutions acquired in 2010 by UTC Fire & Security. Kris was subsequently appointed to the role of Global Product Director – Video at UTC.

For her part, Vanessa Sibenaler, head of people & organisation TOMRA Processed Food, moves from ITW, an American Fortune 200 company, where she was HR director of additives International, a division that manufactures and supplies specialty and innovative chemicals for the automotive aftermarket.


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