KCooper Brands Adds Supply Chain Experts to Board
KCooper Brands, Inc., a leader in sustainable supply chain solutions, announced the addition of John Inwright, David Cox, and Jim Green to its Board of Directors. These appointments come as part of a broader initiative to bolster KCooper's market presence.
A seasoned restaurant industry executive, John Inwright brings to the Board a proven track record of leadership across multiple industries. As the former CEO of Wendy's Quality Supply Chain Cooperative, where he oversaw almost $4 billion in spend annually for Wendy's restaurants in North America, Inwright's experience reaches into the core of supply chain development, distribution, and procurement. His holistic view of market dynamics and trends sets a high bar for strategic planning, innovation, and industry relationships. Inwright has also been instrumental in building powerful partnerships with big box retailers and distributors that go beyond foodservice.
"I am thrilled to join KCooper Brands, Inc. at this critical juncture. My aim is to work closely with George Dempsey and his team to refine company strategy, drive market expansion, and foster a culture of innovation," says Inwright.
David Cox comes with more than 30 years of exceptional leadership in supply chain development, having converted a small purchasing group at Arby's into a top-tier supply chain cooperative, ARCOP, where he managed an annual expenditure of $1.4 billion as president; additionally, Cox served as past chairman and current board member of the National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Management Expert Exchange.
Prior to ARCOP, his roles at Darden Restaurants cemented his reputation as a comprehensive strategist who covers every angle — from procurement to distribution to logistics. Cox brings a multifaceted approach to supply chain leadership that extends well beyond foodservice, and proven acumen in strategic planning, relationship management, and organizational culture development.
Cox comments, "It's an honor to join the KCooper Brands Board and work alongside professionals who are equally committed to driving innovation and sustainability. With its Performance Through Technology™ Platform, the company is uniquely positioned to lead in multiple market sectors, and I'm eager to add my experience to that forward momentum."
With a career spanning over four decades, Jim Green's history of driving transformational change aligns perfectly with KCooper's ambitious growth trajectory. As vice president of Strategy and Member Value at the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), he steered, through strategy and execution, a remarkable turnaround, positioning IFMA as a leading figure in the $900 billion foodservice industry.
Additionally, at Rich Products Corporation, he managed a billion-dollar business unit as vice president of bakery, overseeing strategic planning through execution. Jim's extensive background is underscored by his deep understanding of the foodservice industry's intricacies and ecosystem. His roles have always placed him at the nexus of strategy, innovation, and execution, enabling businesses to thrive in a dynamic landscape. His knowledge and experience position him to provide invaluable insights as KCooper Brands seeks to innovate and solidify its leadership in the market.
"This is an era where innovation and strategic acumen can redefine industries, and I believe KCooper is poised at the cusp of such transformation. Leveraging the vast expertise and market insights from the Board, I'm confident that together we can further scale KCooper's Performance Through Technology Platform. It's an honor to be part of this journey, and I look forward to contributing to the brand's expansive vision," says Green.