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

Jason Ward, new executive v.p. of AMF Bakery Systems.

Prior to this promotion, Mr. Ward was vice-president of sales and marketing for AMF, driving the organization’s strategic sales efforts. He has 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,” said Ken Newsome, chief executive officer for the Markel Food Group. “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.”

Mr. Ward currently serves on the board for the American Society of Baking, an organization committed to providing professional development, education and innovation for the grains-based food industry.