Chef'n Refines Sales Structure; Adds Marketing Executive


SEATTLE-Chef'n Corp. has moved several of its sales executives into new positions.

Emily Skelton has been named national sales manager, a previously unfilled position. Previously sales manager, Eastern region, she is now responsible for the gourmet sales channel and management of each of the individual sales rep groups.

In addition, Heather Swerk was appointed director of key accounts and will assume the responsibility of managing Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, JCP and its private label programs; she previously was sales manager, Western region. John Sweatt will now manage both the grocery channel and the premium grocery accounts, which include customers like Whole Foods and Wegman's; and Kelly Burrows will add the eCommerce channel to her international sales responsibilities.

"These personnel changes will allow Chef'n to focus on our top priorities of customer service and product development," said Bob Ludeman, Chef'n's executive vice president, global sales, and to whom Skelton, Swerk, Sweatt and Burrows report.

In addition, Kirsten Goldberg has joined Chef'n as a senior product manager on the company's marketing team.

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