At the NextGenBaker Global Leadership Forum at IBIE, industry leaders will take the stage in two presentations and a panel. Robb Mackie will begin with a presentation on workforce issues, followed by Cyrille Filott of Rabobank with a presentation on industry trends. Then, a panel moderated by NextGenBaker Co-Chairs, Brent Bradshaw of Flowers Foods and Brandon Woods of AMF Bakery Systems will discuss challenges and leadership lessons of the distinguished baking industry leaders. You don’t want to miss out, register today.
Robb MacKie, President and CEO, American Bakers Association
Robb MacKie has served as President and CEO of the American Bakers Association (ABA) since 2006. ABA is the trade association representing the interests of the 800,000 skilled employees of the $153 billion commercial baking industry in Washington, D.C. Robb serves as the baking industry’s chief advocate and spokesperson and oversees all aspects of the administration and operations of ABA. He previously served as ABA Vice President of Government Relations.
A recognized leader of the Washington business community, Rob serves as the co-chair of the Food and Beverage Issues Alliance and facilitator of the food and beverage association CEOs forum. In addition, he is active in the prestigious US Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100 and the National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations. Robb also provides strategic guidance as a member of the Kansas State University Grain Sciences and Industry Advisory Committee.
Robb has served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for Howard County, Maryland and remains very involved in local community and political activities. He is a graduate of Frostburg State University with a degree in Political Science. He and his wife Barbara have two children.
Cyrille Filott, Global Strategist, Consumer Foods, Rabobank
Cyrille Filott is a Global Strategist for Consumer Foods, responsible for setting and executing the research agenda for the Consumer Foods franchise within Rabobank globally. This includes thematic and industry research as well as company insights. Within the sector he is focusing on thematic research and the baked goods chain.
Based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, he is a business economist with experience in fund management and equity research. Since 2014, Cyrille has been the strategist for the Consumer Foods sector. Before joining the research team at FAR (Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory) in 2008, he worked at M&G Investments in London and ING Investment Management in The Hague. He earned a Master’s degree in Economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and holds a VBA designation.
Cyrille has presented many bakery events, including the AIBI (European Association of Industrial Plant Bakers) congresses of 2015 and 2017 and as the moderator in 2019.
Bradley Alexander, Chief Operations Officer, Flowers Foods
Bradley K. Alexander was named chief operating officer in May 2019. He most recently had served as president of the Fresh Packaged Bread Business Unit from 2017 to 2019. Before that, Mr. Alexander had been executive vice president and chief operating officer of Flowers Foods from 2014 to 2017 and president of Flowers Bakeries from 2008 to 2014. He also served as a regional vice president of Flowers Bakeries, and in various sales, marketing and operational positions, including bakery president and senior vice president of sales and marketing, since joining the company in 1981. He holds an MBA in marketing from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.
Roy Benin, President, Category Strategy & Innovation, Weston Foods
Roy Benin has been a key leader at Weston Foods for the past 4 years. Roy joined in July 2015 as the President of ACE® Bakery, a North American artisan bakery, where he helped revitalize the business while expanding its footprint in both Retail & Foodservice. For the past 2 years, Roy has been President, Category Strategy & Innovation at Weston Foods responsible for >$2 Billion North American wide business that spans across several categories in both Retail & Foodservice. He and his team are responsible for P&L delivery, strategic roadmap, innovation, and brand building including the execution of key initiatives.
Roy joined Weston Foods after a 15-year career with M&M/Mars Inc. where he worked across multiple divisions and most recently held the position of Global Vice President of Global Customer Leadership. Earlier, while living in New Jersey, he was Chief Marketing Officer for Mars’s $4 billion North American Chocolate business, and previously was General Manager for Mars Chocolate Canada.
Roy is a strategic leader, with deep skills in marketing, sales and general management and has demonstrated the ability to building businesses, brands & leaders for decades. His leadership of iconic brands such as M&M’s, Snickers and Twix contributed to him being named by Forbes as one of the top 50 most influential CMO’s in the world in 2014.
Carrie Jones-Barber, Chief Executive Officer, Dawn Foods
Carrie Jones-Barber is the Chief Executive Officer of Jackson, MI-based Dawn Foods. Carrie uses her intimate knowledge of the bakery industry to help drive greater growth and success for Dawn, while ensuring the organization retains a strong focus on people, products, customers and sustainable growth.
Carrie has been with Dawn for 30 years and since becoming CEO in 2006, has helped establish the company as a global leader in sweet bakery, operating in over 100 countries worldwide. Introducing global strategic planning processes and overseeing one of the company’s largest acquisitions to date in Europe, Carrie has built Dawn into a multi-billion dollar leader in the bakery industry.
Prior to her role as CEO, Carrie served as the President of Dawn International, where she was responsible for delivering unprecedented growth and profitability to the company’s international operations. Throughout her time at Dawn, Carrie served in roles across Dawn’s sales, information technology, strategy and international business units.
A graduate of Western Michigan University (BA) and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (MBA), Carrie serves on multiple business and charitable boards. She is also an active member of the Committee of 200, a membership organization including the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate innovators.
Daniel Servitje, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Grupo Bimbo
Daniel Servitje, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Grupo Bimbo, was born in Mexico City. He has a B.A. degree from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from Stanford University. He joined the company in 1982. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1997 and Chairman of the Board in 2013. Grupo Bimbo’s products have become household brand names in 32 countries around the world. The company’s 138,000 associates regard Daniel as an approachable, action-oriented and market-driven leader.
Brandon Woods, Regional Account Manager, AMF Bakery Systems
Brandon Woods is a Regional Account Manager at AMF Bakery Systems. AMF Bakery Systems is the world’s leading manufacturer of high speed bakery equipment, providing complete automated bakery solutions including dough mixing, dividing, make-up, proofing, baking, cooling, packaging, basket/case loading, and product distribution.
Brandon joined the AMF-Tromp family in 2018 as a West Coast Territory Manager, prior to that he spent 10 years with LeMatic as Director of Sales in Jackson, MI. In 2019 he became the Mid-West Account Manager. Woods is a member of ABA, BEMA and the Baker’s Dozen.
Brandon attended Albion College in Albion, MI. While attending Albion he played Baseball for the Britons. He is married to Amelia and they have 4 children. They reside in Manchester, MI.
Brent Bradshaw, SVP of Core Brands, Flowers Foods
Brent Bradshaw is SVP of Core Brands of Flowers Foods’ Fresh Package Bread business unit, with responsibility for the strategy, innovation, and performance of the company’s top fresh bread brands, including Nature’s Own and Wonder. Prior to this appointment in 2017, Brent served as VP of Marketing. Having joined the company in 2003, Brent has held positions and gained experience in Brand Management roles working on various other brands at Flowers Foods, the largest US-based producer of fresh packaged bakery foods.