Mann Packing is expanding its staff with the addition of Christine Keller as the new director of marketing and innovation, and Fernando Azevedo as a national account manager.
The director of marketing and innovation is the primary manager of the entire portfolio of Mann products for both retail and foodservice. This includes, but is not limited to, new product development, an ongoing evaluation of the product portfolio and implementing necessary changes to drive growth.
This is a new position for Mann Packing and Keller will report to Lorri Koster, VP of marketing.
Keller joins Mann from Safeway Inc., in Pleasanton, Calif., where she was a senior innovations manager for consumer brands. Prior to Safeway, Keller was with Chiquita Brands International/Fresh Express.
Azevedo joins the Mann Packing team with a strong background in consumer food packaged goods having worked for Del Monte Foods, Chicken of the Sea International and the Quaker Oats Company.
In his role as national account manager, Azevedo will report to Greg Kurkjian, VP of retail sales and be responsible for sales in the western region of the United States, in addition to managing the Safeway corporate account.
Both Keller and Azevedo live in California . Keller will be based in Mann’s Salinas headquarters and Azevedo in San Ramon, Calif.
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