Gonnella Baking advances long-time employee Dan Herzog to vice president of corporate compliance–food safety to help maintain its level of quality that customers expect. Herzog will also be responsible for training quality managers in food safety regulations.

Gonnella Baking Co., Chicago, promotes Dan Herzog, a 25-year company veteran, to vice president of corporate compliance–food safety. “Dan has established himself as one of our most knowledgeable team members when it comes to product safety,” says Nick Marcucci, Gonnella president. “Moving forward, we feel he will help us maintain the high level of quality our customers have come to expect from us.”

Herzog joined Gonnella in 1987 and has since risen through the ranks of the company’s frozen products division, most recently working as the company’s director of quality and purchasing. In his new role, Herzog will lead the quality control management team in food product safety and regulatory matters for both the company’s fresh baked bread and frozen dough products. Herzog will also serve as the lead contact in coordinating with all local, state and federal agencies dealing with food safety and with auditing agencies, including the American Institute of Baking (AIB) and the British Resource Consortium (BRC) Food Safety Standard under the Global Food Safety Initiative.

He will also be responsible for training quality managers on food safety regulations and working with human resources to find and hire new staff members.

“Dan’s experience and abilities make him the ideal person to lead our company-wide quality control and food safety initiatives,” Marcucci says.

To read more about Gonnella and its 125th anniversary, check out Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery’s January 2011 issue, or click here to take a tour of its Chicago facility.