Castellini Group of Companies hires two new executives
Cincinnati, Ohio – The Castellini Group of Companies is excited to announce the addition of two executives critical to the growth strategies of the Group. Brian Jenny joins CC Kitchens, LLC as Vice President and General Manager in charge of both plant locations in Sharonville, Ohio and Atlanta, Georgia. He will have total P&L responsibilities including operations and sales.
“We are fortunate to have Brian Jenny become a leader at the Castellini Group of Companies,” said Brian Kocher, President and CEO of the Castellini Group of Companies. “Brian brings extensive retail, fresh-cut fruit processing operations experience to CC Kitchens, LLC. He’s led a multi-facility business through start-up and expansion.”
Brian Jenny has vast experience across various food companies throughout the US. He has served in sales, business development, operations and marketing for companies including Naturally Fresh, Monterey Mushrooms Inc., and most recently at Naturipe Farms, where for several years Brian led the sales, operations and P&L for a fresh processing business serving convenient, on-the-go produce.
Brian Jenny is also currently the Chairman of United Fresh Produce Associations Fresh-cut Processor Segment Board. Brian graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Applied Economics.
Greg Kurkjian joins Crosset Company, LLC as Vice President and General Manager. Kurkjian replaces long time, retiring Vice President and General Manager Tim Shepard. Greg is no stranger to the Castellini Group of Companies as he served as Retail Sales Director for Club Chef from 1995 – 1998.
“With Greg’s P&L experience and ability to grow topline businesses through development of strategic account planning, customer value propositions, and go to market strategies, we are confident in his ability to lead a smooth transition at Crosset Company, LLC,” remarked Brian Kocher.
Greg has developed a broad experience base leading sales efforts with leading produce companies Fresh Express, Mann Packing and Ready Pac Produce, and most recently at IFCO Systems, the RPC’s pooler.
Greg was a member of the United Fresh Produce Association’s prestigious leadership program Class 7, and recently served as Chairman of the Alumni Leadership Board.
Greg graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Science Business degree, and earned his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago.
Both Brian Jenny and Greg Kurkjian will join the executive leadership team for the Castellini Group of Companies.
About the Castellini Group of Companies
Founded in 1896, Castellini Company is one of the oldest companies in the U.S. produce industry. Today, the Castellini
Group of Companies with over 2,500 employees combine to form one of the largest distributors of fresh produce in the
United States, with more than 2,700 fresh fruit and vegetable products including a complete line of fresh-cut, value-added,
organic, specialty, locally grown products, and transportation services for the retail and foodservice markets. For
more information on the Castellini Group of Companies, visit www.Castellinicompany.com.