AMF Bakery Systems, Richmond, VA, has promoted Jason Ward to executive vice president. He will be responsible for leading the AMF organization as it designs, manufactures and markets automated bakery solutions to commercial bakers worldwide.

Prior to this promotion, Ward was vice president of sales and marketing for AMF, driving the organization’s strategic sales efforts. In this position, he led the expansion of the company’s international sales through multiple regions, including North America, Latin America, China and Europe, while elevating global brand awareness.

“We welcome Jason to our executive leadership team,” says Ken Newsome, CEO for the Markel Food Group, of which AMF Bakery Systems is a member. “He has played a pivotal role in our company’s growth since he joined AMF in 2011. His leadership at AMF has allowed us to build the Markel Food Group to include Reading Bakery Systems and Tromp Group. I’m confident Jason’s skillful dedication and leadership will carry over into this new and broader role for the company."