Levangie to president and c.o.o. at Bay State

by Josh Sosland
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QUINCY, MASS. — Peter F. Levangie has been elected president and chief operating office at Bay State Milling Co., Quincy. As president, Mr. Levangie, 39, succeeds Brian Rothwell, who will remain Bay State’s chief executive officer.

In his new post, Mr. Levangie will be responsible for all functional areas of the company. Mr. Rothwell as c.e.o. will work to position the company for strategic growth and ensure the company "remains in private hands," Bay State said.

Bernard J. (Buck) Rothwell will remain chairman of Bay State.

"This management change comes at a time of unprecedented opportunity and risk in the food system," Brian Rothwell said. "Due to the hard work and ingenuity of the entire management team in the last few years, Bay State Milling is operating in this environment with strong forward momentum. Our strategy is on target and the team is in place to continue to successfully execute it. Pete has been a key driver of our long-term plan and its execution. The board is confident that he has the energy, smarts and values to lead our team."

Mr. Levangie came to Bay Sate in September 2005 as vice-president of strategic planning. He was put in charge of sales and marketing in 2006 and was named executive vice-president and c.o.o. in November 2007.

Before joining Bay State, Mr. Levangie was c.o.o. of EFS Network, a supply chain solutions network for the food service industry. In August 2000 he helped establish the company, which was put together by Sysco Corp., McDonald’s Corp., Tyson Foods, Inc. and Cargill. Earlier, Mr. Levangie was with Cargill, holding a variety of merchandising and general management positions.

Mr. Levangie graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1991. He graduated with a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, Boston, in 1997.

Bay State also announced that James Wilmes, who has been with the company for more than 27 years, has been named president of Rocky Mountain Milling L.L.C., a joint venture majority owned by Bay State.

Additionally, Mr. Wilmes will be Bay State’s executive vice-president of supply chain services, heading areas of grain procurement, logistics, commodity risk management and quality assurance.

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