Masters Gallery Inc., Plymouth Wis.-Daniel MacPhee joins as v.p. of retail sales. He will be responsible for the management of the retail sales division. MacPhee has more than 15 years sales experience and most recently he was director of retail sales for Pasco Brands Inc. of Florida.

The International Dairy Foods Association, Washington D.C.-Clay Hough and Gerald "Chip" Kunde join as senior vice presidents. Hough will oversee all aspects of IDFA's international trade, regulatory and scientific affairs, as well as becoming IDFA's general counsel. Prior to joining IDFA, Hough was an associate and partner for 13 years in the public policy practice group at the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP, where he specialized in commodity and trade policy. Kunde joins IDFA as the senior vice president in charge of legislative affairs, economic policy, grassroots activity and the Ice Cream, Milk and Cheese political action committee (PAC). Kunde joins IDFA after serving as a v.p. at the Grocery Manufacturers of America for the past six years. In addition, IDFA has hired Elayna McKenzie as director of marketing. McKenzie takes on primary responsibility for local marketing efforts of MilkPEP. She will help manage national promotions at the local level by developing local extensions and local brand programs. Before joining IDFA, she served as a senior brand manager for the Coca-Cola Company, where she managed the national strategic direction for several products.

Pigott(left) and Chen
Seiberling Associates Inc., Dublin Ohio-Skye Pigott joins as a process engineer. Pigott graduated in May 2002 from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. Henry Chen joins as a process engineer. Chen graduated from the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. Brian Weathers has been promoted to the position of senior process engineer. Weathers has been with the company since 1998.

Hoeper(top) and Curia
Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Inc. Chicago-Michael Curia promoted to divisional v.p. and general mgr., bottles North America, and John Hoeper appointed market mgr., of the same division. Most recently Curia served as director of operations, bottles North America. Prior to Pechiney, Curia held several senior-level positions in sales and marketing at Berlin Packaging. Hoeper joins Pechiney with more than a decade of broad-based sales and marketing leadership experience in the rigid plastic food packaging industry. Prior to joining Pechiney, he worked for United Plastics Group and Packaging Resources.

Takasago International, Rockleigh, N.J.-Philip Russell named senior flavor chemist in the Flavors Division and Thalia Kalamaridis promoted to senior mgr. of customer service of the same division.

Buckton Scott Nutrition, Fairfield, N.J.-Chris Nolte named western sales mgr. He has been with Buckton Scott since 2000. Previously he held sales management positions at Takkeda Vitamin and Food. Also, William Redwood joins as sales mgr. He brings 12 years of experience with Ajinomot.

The Steritech Group Inc., Charlotte, N.C.-Richard Ennis appointed v.p. of the company's food safety division. He brings 15 years of marketing and operations experience in the hygiene products and services sector. He was previously marketing director of Kimberly-Clark Corporation's business-to-business washrooms division.