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Fortune International Appoints Six New Senior Executives to Corporate, Regional Teams

Jan. 17, 2024
Company’s financial, technology, marketing and operations will gain additional leadership in 2024 and beyond with the appointments.

Fortune International LLC, the parent operating company of Fortune Fish & Gourmet, a full-service processor and distributor of fresh, live and frozen seafood and gourmet foods throughout the U.S., has appointed six senior executives to its team, according to a release from the company.

Fortune, which provides its products to white-tablecloth restaurants, private clubs, elegant hotels and gourmet retail stores, named Joel Jorgensen as chief financial officer, Richard Deferia as chief revenue officer and Kevin Hoople as chief information officer, all reporting to president and CEO Sean O’Scannlain.

Jorgensen brings more than 15 years of financial executive experience in food distribution and packaging to his CFO role. New CRO Deferia will lead and support national expansion efforts of the company’s distribution business, brining more than 15 years of his own experience in food and restaurant businesses. Hoople will oversee Fortune’s IT, information security teams and strategy as the new CIO. He has been an IT executive in food and distribution businesses for more than two decades.

In addition to those three moves, Fortune named Ethan Farber to the role of vice president of marketing, Steven Gwozdz to vice president of frozen seafood, and Trey Kidd to market vice president of Texas.

Farber brings nearly 20 years of experience in brand and creative strategy, strategic planning and business insights to the company. Meanwhile, Gwozdz brings experience as a senior food industry leader with expertise across fresh commodities and other categories. Kidd brings more than 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry to his new role overseeing Fortune’s Texas operations.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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