Todd’s more than 20 years’ experience in accounting and finance within the grocery industry allow him to navigate the complex challenges of the business. His leadership plays a vital role within our management team. Todd graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a BA in Accounting and Finance. Earning his CPA in the state of Ohio in 1993, he joined The Kroger Co. and held positions in Audit, Tax, as well as Assistant Corporate Controller of The Kroger Co. and Director of Finance for the Southwest Division of The Kroger Co. encompassing the Texas/Louisiana Division. Todd is responsible for the Domestic Sales Division and International Sales Division of McLane Global. His previous position within the organization was Senior Vice President.
Melanie Perez brings over 15 years of experience in Accounting and Finance to McLane Global. Born and raised in Germany, she is bilingual in English and German. Melanie holds the equivalent of an MBA and an Engineering Degree from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany. She is also certified as a CPA in the state of Texas.
John Pollock is our Vice President of Global Sourcing. He is a 25 year veteran in the food industry with over 10 years of international direct procurement experience. He began his food career in 1995 with Darden Restaurants as a seafood buyer and then accepted a role to manage the seafood category at Sysco Corporation in 2000. He held various roles at Sysco in sourcing and category management, including the creation of Sysco’s global procurement teams based in Hong Kong and Ireland. He has a BS degree in Finance from Lehigh University and an MBA from the University of Denver. Born and raised in Venezuela, he is fluent in Spanish. John’s background and experience provide McLane Global the ability to discover and develop strong international supplier relationships improving our product options and costs for our customers.
John O’Dell is our Vice President of Supply Chain and brings to McLane Global over 25 years of extensive experience in all facets of Operations, Transportation, Manufacturing and Supply Chain. He has held various leadership roles at UPS, PepsiCo, and Coca-Cola leading teams across the United States achieving growth and high caliber performance dedicated to superior customer service and reliability. He is a veteran of the United States Military holding two technical diplomas in Logistic and Supply Chain Management along with a degree in Sociology to help us build the future and direction for Operations, Transportation, and Support functions inside McLane Global.
Prashant Iyer brings over 15 years of international business experience from food companies such as The Global Green Company, Pepsico and Poore Brothers, working in international business development, private label programs and global sourcing. As a performance driven leader with a global mindset, Prashant has successfully grown and developed new business in Asia, Indian sub-continent and Middle-east. As the Director of International Sales, Prashant’s role at McLane Global is to lead the international team as the company moves into a new and exciting phase of global expansion. Prior to joining McLane Global, Prashant worked as an analyst in market research at Sun Microsystems. Prashant has an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a second Master’s in International Business from India. He is fluent in English, Hindi, and Tamil.
Melissa Hunter brings more than 13 years’ Brand Marketing and Advertising experience to McLane Global. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Baylor University, Melissa comes to the McLane family from Simply 7 Snacks and Dishaka Manufacturing, where she served as Brand Marketing Manager, developing the Simply7 brand throughout the US and across more than 30 countries. Through her extensive knowledge of the CPG industry, manufacturing, brand development and marketing strategy, retail strategy, design and analytics, Melissa provides effective tools to drive success and growth for the various divisions of McLane Global. Melissa’s role is product innovation, marketing strategy and brand development for all McLane Global divisions including International Sales and Marketing, Lady Liberty, Domestic Sales and Marketing, M.C. Trader, McLane Global Logistics, and McLane Hunger Solutions.
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Dr. James J. Gillespie, PhD, JD, MPA
Dr. James J. Gillespie, PhD, JD, MPA, is Senior Advisor of McLane Health Solutions, a division of McLane Global. He focuses on the intersection of food, healthcare, and logistics. Dr. Gillespie is committed to the principle that healthy, nutritious food is the foundation for health and wellness, so he is energized to help lead McLane’s innovative initiative to provide high quality, affordable food to consumers, patients, families, and communities when and where they need it. Dr. Gillespie is also a Senior Advisor & Strategy Consultant at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a Research Affiliate at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Gillespie’s volunteer civic/professional roles include Co-Founder & Board Member of the Black Healthcare & Medical Association, Advisory Board Member at Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, Co-Founder & Vice President of Action For India, and Advisory Board Member at America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago. In his scholarship and writing, Dr. Gillespie focuses on the advanced application of analytics, data, and technology to address business challenges and opportunities, particularly in the biopharmaceutical, healthcare, and medical sectors. Dr. Gillespie’s education includes Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, M.A., Ph.D.; Harvard University School of Law, J.D.; Princeton University School of Public Policy, M.P.A.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S.; Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School; and Rand Graduate School. He is fortunate and honored to have served his country in the United States Army Reserves.
Patrick Kerim brings McLane Global 25 years of experience developing and managing food and non-food programs for retailers and national brand owners in the USA and overseas. He is an expert at business development, global sourcing, private label, and contract manufacturing. He has worked in both the import/export and manufacturing areas, with his most recent position at a €600 million per year multi-category food manufacturer with 17 factories around the world.
His main focus at McLane Global is the U.S. Sales and Manufacturing division, where he is responsible for developing sales to retailers and co-manufacturing partnerships with national brand owners. In addition, he provides guidance, leads, sources, and knowledge to other team members in the international, hunger relief, food service, procurement, and logistics divisions of the company. Patrick has a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of California, Davis and speaks English, Spanish, French, and conversational Arabic.
Jackie Hendrick is the Director of Human Resources for McLane Global. Jackie received her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In 2010, Jackie became certified by HRCI receiving her PHR. Jackie possesses over 20 years of HR leadership specializing in US employment law, training, and developing HR departments. Jackie joined McLane Global in 2020 partnering with the leadership team to build a strategic plan for human capital success throughout the organization.
Anpin Hsieh is our Director of Procurement and brings to McLane Global over 19 years of experience in food procurement. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Economics with a minor in International Affairs and is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Her experience is quite extensive, from retail (ShopRite/Wakefern), wholesale procurement and distribution (C&S Wholesale Grocers) to food imports and food service (Rema Foods & Royal Food Import). This allows her to leverage her comprehensive understanding of both domestic and international sourcing, purchasing, supply chain and logistics to optimize procurement activities at McLane Global. Anpin’s strength in international procurement and sourcing provides a significant advantage for our MHS and value customers. This allows McLane Global to have the flexibility to source goods domestically and/or internationally so that savings can be passed on to our customers.