Baldor Specialty Foods Restructures Organization for Post-COVID Expansion; TJ Murphy, Benjamin Walker, and Michael Muzyk Comment
BRONX, NY - Baldor Specialty Foods is gearing up for growth and expansion as it announced a major restructuring to its organization. Gene Mayer and Benjamin Walker were both recently promoted, as Baldor has expanded strategic executive roles to enhance business performance, improve the customer experience, and streamline the rollout of several future company initiatives.
Mayer was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Procurement. Utilizing his over 17 years of experience with the company, Mayer will oversee global operations and strengthen Baldor’s infrastructure for growth in his new role as COO. Mayer will also drive innovation in warehouse management, supply chain activities, and new business ventures.
Previously serving as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Walker has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Merchandising, Walker has a history of driving several successful programs at Baldor, most notably the company’s successful pivot to a home-delivery model during the pandemic, as well as driving a number of their digitization efforts and growth in the retail channel.
“As the foodservices industry continues to rebound, we are finding our customers want to deepen their relationship with us and purchase more of our product portfolio,” Walker commented. “Investing in our merchandising function is the next logical step in ensuring we live up to and exceed our customers’ expectations.”
According to the release, Walker will be assigned the task of restructuring Baldor’s merchandising team to further align the company’s sales and product strategies.
Baldor’s Chief Executive Officer TJ Murphy applauded the new promotions, commenting on the prospective evolution for the company.
“As we emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever, Baldor intends to accelerate growth plans. Toward that end, we’re calling on the business talents of two exceptional executives who helped see Baldor through some very tough times,” Chief Executive Officer TJ Murphy said. “Both these promotions are well-deserved and will ensure we grow the company for the benefit of our customers and employees.”
In addition, the company also announced that Baldor President Michael Muzyk has transitioned from Chairman to outgoing Chairman of United Fresh Produce Association after overseeing the United Fresh / PMA merger, and will now work with Walker on strengthening grower/shipper relations and accelerating Baldor’s expansion plans.
“These two new promotions ensure Baldor maintains a solid management team that’s prepared to take Baldor to new heights and better experiences for our customers and partners alike,” said Muzyk. “Stay tuned, we’ll have a lot more to report in the coming months.”
Congratulations to these exceptional leaders as they take on their new roles!