Ben E. Keith Foods has announced a succession plan, this week, as Senior Vice President of Purchasing and Logistics Andy McCaskill prepares to retire. McCaskill is stepping down from his position with the 113-year-old foodservice distribution company after more than thirty-six years of service. A succession plan has been announced, naming Mike Needham to the role of Vice President of Purchasing and Logistics, effective July 15, 2019.
“Andy's grit and wisdom, and bulldog approach to every challenge and opportunity, has helped build Ben E. Keith into a leading Foodservice Distributor,” said Mike Sweet, President, in a press release. “We wish Andy, and his wife, Lissa, a happy, fulfilling, and well-deserved retirement.”
McCaskill has occupied the role of Senior Vice President of Purchasing and Logistics since 2011, but the company notes, he has worked in virtually every aspect of Ben E. Keith Foods since first arriving in the Dallas purchasing department in 1982 as a new graduate from Texas Tech University. His many roles have included: Director of Grocery, Vice President of Grocery Non-Foods, and Vice President of Purchasing.
Needham comes to his new role with nearly 30 years of experience with Ben E. Keith; he has most recently led the Missouri City-based Gulf Coast Division since 2014. He has served in a variety of sales and purchasing managerial positions with the company since his arrival in 1991, working in both the Oklahoma and San Antonio divisions. Needham was General Manager of the San Antonio division from 2008-2014. Needham is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
Jerry DuBose, who has been the company’s Gulf Coast Division’s Assistant General Manager since 2014 will step into Needham's current role as General Manager of that division.
DuBose joined Ben E. Keith in 1996, as a District Sales Representative in his hometown of College Station. Success in that role led to his promotion to District Sales Manager, and he led a College Station-based team in that capacity until 2009 when he was promoted to Director of Sales Training. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University.
“Mike and Jerry exemplify the term ‘servant leader,’ and they have built tremendous careers here because of their commitment to leading by example,” Sweet continued. “Their work ethic and dedication to serving our stakeholders make them worthy successors, and I am confident they will lead their respective teams to even greater heights.”
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