Leadership

Leadership
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Frank Ravndal

Frank Ravndal

Chief Executive Officer
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Frank Ravndal

Frank Ravndal

Chief Executive Officer

Biography:

As Chief Executive Officer, Frank drives HAVI’s strategic focus on growth, supports customer relationships and oversees key talent decisions to ensure optimal performance of HAVI’s three business units: Supply Chain, Sourcing and The Marketing Store. Frank joined HAVI in April 2019 as President, The HAVI Group.

Prior to joining HAVI, Frank served for six years as President and CEO of Keystone Foods, a $2.7 billion global food services company that supplies the world’s best food service, retail and convenience brands with high-quality, fresh and frozen products including poultry, beef, fish and pork. Keystone Foods is a strategic global supplier to McDonald’s and employs more than 11,000 employees globally. The company was acquired by Tyson Foods at the end of 2018.

Before joining Keystone Foods, Frank worked for more than 16 years in senior positions at Cargill, Inc. spanning the Financial Markets, Grain Merchandising & Trading, and Energy sectors. Prior to Cargill, he was a partner at a financial advisory firm based in Caracas, Venezuela specializing in mergers and acquisitions transactions. He began his career at the Bank of Boston and spent eight years in different roles in the International area, most of which focused on emerging markets with an emphasis on Latin America.

Frank holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hobart College and Master's degree in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University. He has lived in Peru, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela and the U.S.

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Russ Smyth

Russ Smyth

Chairman and General Partner
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Russ Smyth

Russ Smyth

Chairman and General Partner

Biography:

As Chairman and General Partner, Russ is involved in key strategy, investment and talent decisions, as well as key customer relationships. He joined HAVI as Chief Executive Officer in 2010, then in 2014, he and five members of senior management purchased the business from founder Theodore F. Perlman and the Perlman family. After serving as CEO for nine years, he decided to step back from the day-to-day management of the business, effective January 1, 2020.

Prior to joining HAVI, Russ was President and CEO of H&R Block, one of the world’s largest tax services provider. In this role, he was responsible for H&R Block’s tax preparation business, as well as the H&R Block Bank and RSM McGladrey, a leading professional services firm providing tax and consulting services.

Prior to this, Russ spent more than 20 years at McDonalds Corporation, gaining extensive worldwide management experience in Latin America, Asia, the US and Europe. He last served as President of McDonald’s Europe, McDonald’s Corporation’s second largest area of the world. In this role, he was responsible for 6,200 restaurants in 51 countries, representing $6.7B in total revenues.

Russ earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Lewis University in Romeoville, IL and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

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Neil Humphrey

Neil Humphrey

President, Supply Chain Business Unit, HAVI
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Neil Humphrey

Neil Humphrey

President, Supply Chain Business Unit, HAVI

Biography:

As President of HAVI’s Supply Chain business unit, Neil provides strategic direction and oversight of HAVI’s global supply chain services, including supply chain management, analytics and logistics. These services are provided by more than 8,000 employees in approximately 50 countries globally. Neil joined HAVI in August 2017 and assumed the role of President, Logistics in January 2018.

Neil comes to HAVI from Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, home care, personal care and refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. In his more than 30-year career with Unilever, Neil served in a variety of sales and supply chain operations and leadership roles, most recently as EVP Supply Chain Europe and Chairman, Unilever Supply Chain Company, where he had executive responsibility for the total supply chain for all Unilever businesses in Europe.

During his five years in this role, Neil led an end-to-end team responsible for the manufacturing, planning, logistics and customer service delivery for a 13-billion-euro European business. He established a new direction and vision, creating a truly business-driven supply chain, and drove significant innovation within the supply chain, such as the implementation of an operational “control tower” approach globally. Improvements made under his leadership played a key role in Unilever being named Gartner’s number one supply chain in the world in 2016.

Born in the U.K., Neil holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton.

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Mark Landolt

Mark Landolt

President, The Marketing Store
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Mark Landolt

Mark Landolt

President, The Marketing Store

Biography:

Mark Landolt provides strategic direction and oversight to The Marketing Store, a HAVI affiliated company that provides customer engagement and marketing services across the globe. Mark has served in this capacity since January 2008.

Prior to joining The Marketing Store, he was President of Creata – McDonald’s, where he was responsible for overseeing the global McDonald’s strategy, promotional activities and business. From 2002 to 2005, Mark was President of IDM Matrix, a venture capital funded company engaged in intellectual property design and development. In this capacity, he had a team of marketers, engineers, and manufacturing experts in the U.S. and Asia focused on bringing a variety of diverse intellectual properties to market.

From 1988 to 2002, Mark worked at Simon Marketing in Los Angeles, California and Chicago, Illinois where he held various leadership roles. Over the course of his career at Simon Marketing, Mark was an essential part of the company’s explosive growth and development, building revenues from $100 million to $750 million. During this time, he was responsible for developing many precedent-setting campaigns that impacted the entire industry, including McDonald’s Monopoly Game promotion and the evolution of McDonald’s Happy Meal programs.

Mark received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Western Illinois University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago.

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Douglas Moody-Stuart

SVP, Sourcing Business Unit, HAVI
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Douglas Moody-Stuart

SVP, Sourcing Business Unit, HAVI

Biography:

Douglas provides strategic direction and oversight to HAVI’s Sourcing Business Unit, which includes all packaging services, as well as other food/non-food sourcing activity.

Douglas joined HAVI more than 14 years ago and has more than 25 years of commercial experience working for the world's biggest brands as well as having run his own business. During his time at HAVI, Douglas spent six years at The Marketing Store in first European and then Global roles where he worked with international brands including Shell, McDonald’s, Frito Lay, Nestlé, General Mills, Unilever and Kraft.

Douglas joined HAVI Global Solutions in 2011 as European Managing Director and, in 2015, he took additional responsibility for packaging in APMEA. In 2017 he became HAVI’s McDonald’s packaging lead worldwide.

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Jill Ahren

Jill Ahern

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy
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Jill Ahren

Jill Ahern

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy

Biography:

As head of Corporate Strategy, Jill steers strategic processes and practices across HAVI’s global business units and leads key strategic cross-business initiatives. She brings to the role nearly 25 years of experience directing collaborative business initiatives including business development teams, corporate events, product launches, and joint ventures.

Since joining HAVI in 2012, Jill has held leadership roles in both the Packaging and Advanced Analytics & Consulting businesses in the areas of market and consumer insight, innovation, and strategy. Prior to HAVI, she was a Principal of Promentum, a business strategy and implementation consulting firm, and Strategic Development Officer at VerticalXchange, where she launched and led numerous successful business-to-business trade ventures in diverse industries including food and beverage, cosmetics, discrete manufacturing and consumer packaging.

Throughout her career, Jill has served a diverse client list including more than one hundred Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, publishing companies and entrepreneurs, which has honed her passion for creating cultures of innovation and inclusivity.

She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management.

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Marc Flood

Marc Flood

Chief Information Officer
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Marc Flood

Marc Flood

Chief Information Officer

Biography:

Marc Flood is responsible for global information technology strategy development and implementation across HAVI.  His focus is to optimize technology platforms and coordinate global technology investments, as appropriate, to best align and leverage global IT capabilities across the business. Marc has more than 20 years of technology and business experience in key executive leadership positions and as a technology consultant. He joined HAVI in 2013.

Prior to joining HAVI, Marc was Senior Vice President, Information Systems & Technology for Pacific Dental Services (PDS), an Irvine, California based dental support organization that provides business and administrative support services to dental offices.  Prior to PDS, Marc was Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for ARYZTA/Fresh Start Bakeries, Inc., a global bakery supplier to the McDonald’s System.

Marc has also served in executive technology roles with Nelnet, Inc., a provider and processor of student loans, Bell Tech.logix, a provider of technology products and solutions to business enterprises and in consulting roles with KPMG and Deloitte & Touche.  In addition to his deep technology experience, Marc is a Certified Public Accountant. Marc is a graduate of Butler University.

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Howard Katz

Howard Katz

Chief Corporate Development Officer
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Howard Katz

Howard Katz

Chief Corporate Development Officer

Biography:

Howard Katz develops and supports growth efforts across HAVI, including driving the annual strategic planning process and facilitating increased collaboration across the business. Prior to this, Howard served for four years as Chief Operating Officer of The Marketing Store, where he oversaw the strategic development and execution of the company’s business interests across the globe.

Before joining The Marketing Store, Howard was one of the founders and President of Finansure Student Loans, a full-service U.S. based Student Finance Company. In his five years at Finansure, Howard developed the company from a four-person start-up to a multifaceted 300-person national organization serving more than 30,000 borrowers a year and financing over $1 billion in student loan assets.

Prior to Finansure, Howard was one of the founders and the Chief Operating Officer of RollingStone.com, one of the world’s largest online music-based media companies. Under the RollingStone brand and in partnership with Wenner Media, RollngStone.com became a content provider for the majority of the internet’s largest companies including Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft and others. Prior to RollingStone.com, Howard helped develop a medical technology company specializing in neurological services.

Howard earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Michigan and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University.

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Dan Musachia

Dan Musachia

Chief Financial Officer
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Dan Musachia

Dan Musachia

Chief Financial Officer

Biography:

Dan Musachia oversees all aspects of financial governance, internal controls and resource allocation for HAVI and its three business units. Prior to becoming CFO in January 2016, Dan served as President of HAVI Global Solutions, one of the HAVI companies combined under the single brand HAVI in 2016.

Dan started his career with HAVI in 1989, progressing from Finance Manager to Controller and Director of Finance for The HAVI Group, LP. He joined Perseco in June of 1995 as Chief Financial Officer, then in June 2004, was promoted to President of Perseco Americas, responsible for operations in the United States, Canada and Latin America, as well as Perseco’s global financial and human resource functions. In July 2005, Dan was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of HAVI Global Solutions. Two years later, his responsibilities were expanded to include all of HAVI Global Solutions’ businesses globally.

Dan received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University,  and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Jennifer Newton Chief Communications Officer

Jennifer Newton

Chief Communications Officer
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Jennifer Newton Chief Communications Officer

Jennifer Newton

Chief Communications Officer

Biography:

Jennifer Newton oversees all aspects of communication (internal, external and customer) and is focused on building the HAVI brand and supporting the achievement of HAVI’s business strategies through clear, compelling messages and stakeholder engagement. Jennifer has more than 25 years of experience in the field of communications. She joined HAVI in 2013.

Prior to joining HAVI, Jennifer operated her own consulting business, Jenerate Communication, for eight years serving such clients as McDonald's, ITW, Jenner & Block, Hyatt, Toys R Us and Caterpillar, in addition to HAVI.  She helped leaders and organizations use communication to connect with key stakeholders, influence behavior and drive business results.

Prior to starting Jenerate Communication, Jennifer spent seven years working in Corporate Communications at McDonald's Corporation.  During that time, she provided communication counsel and support to the Chief Restaurant Operations Officer and the Presidents of the following divisions:  McDonald's Europe, McDonald's Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and McDonald's Partner Brands.

Prior to McDonald's, Jennifer worked for seven years as a communication and change management consultant for Towers Perrin, a global human resources and management consulting firm.  There she worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop and implement communication/change management strategies and tactics related to reengineering, culture change, mergers, business literacy, compensation, performance management, benefits, diversity and other human resource issues.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s in English, Phi Beta Kappa, from Wellesley College and a Master's from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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Toyin Ogun

Toyin Ogun

Chief People Officer
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Toyin Ogun

Toyin Ogun

Chief People Officer

Biography:

Toyin Ogun is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resources for HAVI, including talent and leadership development, succession planning, performance management and compensation/benefits. Toyin has 30 years of experience in the field of human resources. He joined HAVI in 2014.

Prior to joining HAVI, he served as the Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Customer Service for Zale Corp., based in Dallas, Texas. In this role, he was responsible for all human resource activities, as well as the guest/customer service experience.

Prior to Zale, Toyin was the Head of Human Resources at LL Bean, based in Freeport, Maine, where he led a successful transformation of the human resources function.  From 2007-2009, he was Chief Talent Officer for Sears Holdings in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Prior to Sears, Toyin spent ten years as a human resources executive with Limited Brands, where he held a variety of positions, ending as the Senior Vice President, Victoria Secret stores.

Toyin has a Bachelors' degree in Business Administration from North Dakota State University, a Master's degree in Human Resources from Troy University and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

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Renee Sotos

General Counsel
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Renee Sotos

General Counsel

Biography:

Renee Sotos serves as HAVI’s General Counsel, responsible for all corporate legal activities. She works closely with the business unit legal teams as well as supporting the corporate functions and leadership teams.

Prior to joining HAVI, Renee was with Molson Coors Beverage Company, where, for nearly 10 years, she was legal partner to numerous divisions across the commercial organization, ranging from brand marketing to sales and regulatory.

Before going in-house, Renee practiced litigation at the law firm of Winston and Strawn after completing a federal judicial clerkship at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Renee holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Loyola University Chicago, and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  

Our Founder: Theodore F. Perlman

Theodore F. Perlman founded HAVI in 1974 and owned and operated the business for 40 years. During that time, he architected HAVI's growth in terms of scope of service and geography and defined the core of who we still are today, from HAVI's mission to Deliver the Promise to the creation of The HAVI Philosophy. He remains involved in the business as a strategic advisor and HAVI brand ambassador to customers and employees.

During his long career, Mr. Perlman has received many honors, including the “Press On” Award by McDonald’s Corporation, given to business leaders exemplifying Ray Kroc’s philosophies; the “Silver Fox” Award by McDonald’s Corporation recognizing outstanding contributions to the McDonald’s System, and the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago in 2017 for distinguished leadership and achievement in advancing the cause of human welfare.

His philanthropic career includes serving on the Board of Trustees for Ronald McDonald’s House Charities; Board of Directors of the Jewish United Fund and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago; Vice-Chairman of B’nai B’rith Beber Camp; Board Member of BBYO, Inc., and President of The Perlman Family Foundation. 

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Founder Ted Perlman with Ronald McDonald
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Founder Ted Perlman with his wife Harriette