Applegate recently announced the appointment of two new Vice Presidents. Jim Graham will assume the position of Vice President of Research and Development and Quality Assurance; Joseph O’Connor will take on the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Both will report to John Ghingo, President.
Graham recently retired from Mondelez International, formerly Kraft Foods Global, where he spent more than 30 years in research and development. He held a variety of leadership positions across many global divisions, including North America, Global Coffee, Global Cheese and Dairy, Global Enhancer Brands, and North American Meats. Throughout his career, he worked on big-name global brands such as, but not limited to, Oreo, Ritz, and Kraft Cheese. Graham holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College.
O'Connor began his career with Hormel Foods in 2006, a press release noted. He has held several positions in sales and sales strategy throughout his tenure at Hormel Foods. Most recently, he served as Director of Sales and managed the Hormel Foods Consumer Product Sales business in the Northeast. His other roles included analytics and category sales and management. Throughout his career, O’Connor has led several project assignments where he was tasked with managing cross-functional teams. O'Connor graduated from Saint Joseph's University with a degree in Food Marketing.
"As we enter a new decade with strong headwinds facing the meat industry, I'm confident Jim and Joe's expertise will inspire the Applegate team to relentlessly pursue smarter ways to fulfill the Applegate mission: Changing The Meat We Eat®," said Ghingo. "There's a huge opportunity to help people understand that meat, raised right, is a vital part of the human experience and a healthy planet, and Jim and Joe will be instrumental in leading our efforts through product innovation, sales, and marketing."
Congratulations to both Jim and Joseph on their new roles!