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Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, announced today the appointment of Cheryl Johnson to the post of Senior Vice President of Talent. Ms. Johnson holds more than 16 years of progressive HR industry experience, which includes several executive-level appointments.

Ms. Johnson previously led talent management for retail chain Ulta Cosmetics. Prior to her time with Ulta, Ms. Johnson served as Divisional Vice President of Strategic Talent Management for Sears Holding Company and also spent time as Vice President of Human Resources for Fossil Inc.

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Peach State To Help Major Cosmetics Company 

Younique Products has selected Peach State Integrated Technologies to develop the product flow, processes and layout/design for its new Distribution Center in Lehi, Utah. Peach State will work directly with the Younique team to develop a 5-year strategy for the facility that optimizes the current fulfillment process while also providing pre-determined expansion points for incremental growth as volumes continue to increase.


Google Enlists Major Shippers to Expand Delivery Service

Google Shopping Express said Tuesday it will expand its overnight-delivery service in coming months across northern California so that it will stretch from the Oregon border to Fresno.

Google is working with “major shipping carriers” to fulfill the orders, which can be placed by 7 pm for delivery the following day.


Zenoss Appoints Enterprise Software Veteran Greg Stock as CEO

Zenoss, the leading provider of unified IT monitoring and analytics, today announced that industry veteran, Greg Stock has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Stock has held multiple CEO positions and brings more than 20 years of enterprise software growth experience to Zenoss. As CEO, Stock will seek to expand market share of Zenoss’ award-winning solution to enterprises and service providers worldwide. Previous CEO and Co-founder Bill Karpovich will remain on the Board of Directors.

Zenoss reached a number of milestones in Q1, including achieving record revenues and completing a move to its new 35,000 square foot headquarters in the Four Points area of Austin, Texas. “With such terrific momentum, it’s an exciting time to be joining Zenoss,” said Greg Stock. 


Atlanta Fixture & Sales Appoints New Sales Training Manager 

Jess Logan joins as Sales Training Manager to continue Atlanta Fixture’s recent success in providing business solutions to many of the top foodservice establishments in the Southeast.

Ron Bruck, President of Atlanta Fixture, said, ” It is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Jess’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge to fill that role. I am confident that Jess will play a key role in providing outstanding solutions for our customers.”


Descartes buys Customs Info for $41.5 million

Descartes Systems Group, a Canadian supply chain information technology (IT) company, acquired Customs Info LLC, a U.S. provider of trade data content to power global trade management (GTM) systems, for $45.1 million in cash and Descartes’ stock. The move expands Waterloo, Ontario-based Descartes’ presence into the automated global trade management arena.

Customs Info provides trade data and related research tools to more than 800 multinational shippers in 160 countries. The data populates global trade management systems with information on tariffs, duties, regulations, trade agreements, rules of origin, and other trade-related content.


Flash Global Logistics Makes Executive Changes

Flash Global Logistics has named Sam Mikles as its new Chief Executive Officer. Former President and CEO, Jim van Leenen, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board. Both positions are effective immediately.



SAP Ventures Names Rami Branitzky as Managing Director

SAP Ventures has recently announced that it has named Rami Branitzky as managing director to lead the global market development team.

“At SAP Ventures, we are committed to empowering startups with the resources and expertise they need to grow and scale,” said Nino Marakovic, CEO and managing director, SAP Ventures. “With the addition of Rami, a proven leader with an exceptional track record and an extensive network, SAP Ventures will be in a unique position to deliver tremendous value to our portfolio companies, as well as the broader SAP ecosystem.”


Bess Tank Lines to Acquire Cooney's Farm Services

Bess Tank Lines Ltd has acquired Cooney’s Farm Services Ltd. Bess Tank Lines is a family-owned specialized bulk carrier based in Calgary AB operating across Canada and the United States.

Ben Rouillard, executive vice-president of B&B Group/Bess Tank Lines, stated, “This strategic acquisition is a perfect fit for Bess Tank Lines, whose foundations are built on family values, safety, and customer service,” he says. “I would like to welcome the professional staff of Cooney’s, including Doug Coonfer, who will remain the operations manager.”


Robert Mills Joins Tractor Supply Co as SVP & CIO

Tractor Supply Company recently announced that Robert D. Mills has joined the Company as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Greg Sandfort, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are very pleased to welcome Rob to the Tractor Supply team. Information technology continues to be an important area of both investment and opportunity for our Company.  Rob’s extensive retail experience in strategic technology planning, e-commerce, and operations leadership qualify him as the ideal fit to lead the continued development of our technology systems and platform.  Additionally, we would like to thank James Callison for his years of service and dedication to Tractor Supply and his assistance through the transition.  All of us at Tractor Supply congratulate James on his impending retirement.”


Owen Mumford Appoints Judith Charles as Sales & Marketing Director

Owen Mumford has appointed Judith Charles as Sales & Marketing Director.

Prior to her new role, she enjoyed a successful career at Firmenich where Judith undertook a number of different roles including Marketing Director, Global Brand Director, Vice President of Product Development and Innovation and most recently as Managing Director of the UK.


Opus Group Names New Executives

The Opus Group has named Craig Larson regional vice president of Opus design build. Larson was vice president of Opus design build and has 35 years of experience at the company. The Opus Group also named Christy Lewis director of business development. Lewis was the director of business development for Doran Cos. and has nearly 20 years of experience in commercial sales and marketing.


3M Names New VP

3M, Maplewood, MN, has named Michael Roman executive vice president of its industrial business group.


Itascca International Names New President and CTO

Itasca International has named Shawn Maxwell president and chief technology officer of Itasca Microseismic and Geomechanical Evaluation. Maxwell was chief geophysicist and microseismic adviser at Schlumberger and has led technology development at Pinnacle/Halliburton and ESG.


Datameer Appoints Mike Macey as VP of Sales

Datameer has appointed Mike Macey as east coast VP of Sales.

“Mike comes to us with an impressive track record of proven leadership in mentoring and managing other executives,” said Stefan Groschupf, CEO of Datameer.

“With our plans to expand aggressively, Mike is exactly the type of decisive, experienced leader Datameer needs to help us achieve our vision of making the world a better place by democratizing data analytics.”


Save-A-Lot to Develop New DC in Aurora, CO

Save-A-Lot has announced plans to develops a new 140,000-square-foot food distribution center in Aurora CO in June 2014.

Save-A-Lot currently services its stores in this market out of the company’s distribution center in Dallas TX. Addition of the new facility in Aurora will dramatically reduce transportation expenses, shorten delivery times, and better position the grocery chain for future growth.

“This project represents a significant investment in Denver and the surrounding markets,” said Ritchie Casteel, president and chief executive officer of Save-A-Lot.


CSM Corp. Expands Executive Team

CSM Corp. has named Bob Micklash president of lodging and residential. Micklash was chief operations officer for Concord Hospitality and chief operations officer for Extended Stay Hotels. CSM also named John Ferrier vice president, architecture. Ferrier was the director of architecture and joined CSM in 2002 as a project architect.


Calavo food distribution unit raises $10 million in funding

“The world-changing possibilities of data-driven food solutions are immense,” said Hajas. “For years, technology has only been hovering around the communication and distribution parts of the food industry. FreshRealm rethinks the entire process in a way that benefits food makers, consumers, and our society at large. I am excited to be a part of the creation and growth of this new industry.”


ACM Hires Richard Cunningham

“Richard is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of logistics, including operations, couriers, regulations, chain of custody elements, and network management,” said Jerry Boxall, Managing Director, ACM Europe and Asia. “His extensive knowledge of the biopharma industry will be a significant asset as we expand our global network of ACM Global laboratories, with ACM Singapore and ACM Shanghai in the Asia-Pacific region being our most recent area for expansion.”


Adrienne Moranas Starts at IFF

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF)has named Adrienne Moranas scent design manager. She most recently worked as a fragrance development manager at Agilex Flavors & Fragrances Inc.


Mathew Stevenson Named Marketing Manager

“Matt’s experience as our Quality Assurance Manager makes him well aware of what our customers want and need in a PCB manufacturer,” said Terry Heilman, CEO of Sunstone Circuits. “Matt brings the perfect combination of analytic skills, as well as strong strategic planning and project management abilities to the marketing team. His role managing our email efforts will be important in keeping our ongoing communications with customers relevant and timely.”