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Castellini Group of Cos. hires two new executives

The Castellini Group of Cos. has announced 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, OH, and Atlanta. He will have total P&L responsibilities including operations and sales.Brian-JennyBrian Jenny

"We are fortunate to have Brian Jenny become a leader at the Castellini Group of Companies," said Brian Kocher, president and chief executive officer of the Castellini Group of Cos. "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."

Jenny has vast experience across various food companies throughout the United States. 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 he led the sales, operations and P&L for a fresh processing business serving convenient, on-the-go produce.Greg-KurjianGreg Kurjian

Jenny is also currently the chairman of United Fresh Produce Association's Fresh-cut Processor Segment board. He graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and applied economics.

Greg Kurkjian joins Crosset Co. LLC as vice president and general manager. He replaces long-time, retiring Vice President and General Manager Tim Shepard. Kurkjian is no stranger to the Castellini Group of Cos., as he served as retail sales director for Club Chef from 1995 to 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," Kocher said.

Kurkjian 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.

Kurkjian 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.

He graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a bachelor of science business degree, and earned his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago.

Both Jenny and Kurkjian will join the executive leadership team for the Castellini Group of Cos.