NSF Announces Two Senior Sales Appointments

Ann Arbor, MI – NSF International today announced two key appointments that will help meet clients' increasing needs and advance NSF's overall strategic sales initiatives in new areas. David Kirkpatrick has been appointed NSF's Corporate Retail Accounts Executive, and John (Jack) Connelly has been appointed Sales and Business Development Manager for NSF's Food Safety Programs.

As NSF's Corporate Retail Accounts Executive, David Kirkpatrick (photo: http://www.nsf.org/business/newsroom/press_releases/images/Kirkpatrick_David.gif) will serve as the primary liaison between NSF and major corporate accounts. He will work with management at corporate accounts and their suppliers to identify NSF comprehensive service offerings that will meet customers' ongoing needs. Kirkpatrick will also represent NSF at key industry groups, industry meetings, conferences and shows.

Kirkpatrick joins NSF with over twenty years of sales experience. Most recently, Kirkpatrick served as the Vice President of National Sales at Ubiquity Brands, a food manufacturing holding company. At Ubiquity Brands, he built and managed a national sales team for all nonfoods retailers, consolidating three existing sales teams into one seamless national sales management organization. Kirkpatrick has also served as the Vice President of National Sales for Procter & Gamble and as the Director of National Sales for The Coca-Cola Company. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University.

John (Jack) Connelly (photo: http://www.nsf.org/business/newsroom/press_releases/images/connelly_Jack.gif) has been appointed National Sales and Business Development Manager for NSF's Food Safety Programs. Connelly will manage the sales of NSF's food safety services, which includes overseeing the sales staff and acting as the primary liaison between NSF and corporate food accounts. Connelly and his team will work closely with NSF's food programs, including Dine Safer ™ (restaurant certification) and Shop Fresh,™ (supermarket certification) to create and execute strategic sales initiatives for key service segments.

Prior to joining NSF, Connelly served as the Director of Sales at Syngenta, a global agribusiness in the high-value commercial seeds market. He led a team of representatives that developed and implemented major product launches, which included the PureHeart™ seedless watermelon. In addition to Syngenta, he has worked as the Director of Sales for Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool (CHEP), a global company providing pallet and container pooling services, where he directed all U.S. sales activities and launched marketing initiatives for new products. Connelly has also served six years as a staff sergeant for the United States Army in the US and Asia. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

“With the addition of Jack and David to our sales team, NSF will be uniquely positioned to manage client's increasing needs,” said Randy Francisco, NSF Director of Corporate Sales. “Their background in strategic business development, sales and marketing makes them extremely valuable to NSF and to our clients."

About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

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