Gemstone Foods names new CEO

by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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DECATUR, Ala. – Gemstone Foods LLC appointed William Andersen as president and CEO of the company. Gemstone is part of the JAMAS Capital Management portfolio.

“I am extremely pleased that Bill has joined Gemstone,” Ben Turnage, CEO of JAMAS Capital Management, said in a statement. “Clearly, Bill’s leadership skills, knowledge and work ethic underscores our commitment to making Gemstone Foods a leading provider in the industry.”

William Andersen, Gemstone Foods
William Andersen, president and CEO of Gemstone Foods

Andersen brings more than 20 years of experience in the protein industry to his new position. Andersen has held leadership roles at Keystone Foods, where he served as executive vice president and president of USA Proteins, in addition to senior positions at Tyson Foods, Southeastern Mills and Gold Kist.

Andersen is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He earned post graduate degrees in management from Central Michigan Univ. and Duke Univ.

“What attracted me to Gemstone Foods was the dedication to providing industry leading customer service, food safety, and product quality,” Andersen said in a statement. “Gemstone’s approach to providing innovative and cost effective solutions focused on customer growth is critical in today’s dynamic and competitive market.”

Decatur, Alabama-based Gemstone Foods is protein processor and supplier specializing in custom sizing, portioning and packaging for leading fast-food chains, foodservice and retail distribution channels.

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