Ryder System elects Nieto to board

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Ryder System announced Wednesday, Feb. 14, that Luis P. Nieto Jr., president of the refrigerated foods group for ConAgra Foods, one of America’s leading packaged food companies, has been elected to its board of directors. Nieto was appointed to serve on the company’s audit committee, and on its corporate governance and nominating committee.

“Luis is an accomplished leader in the food industry, which is clearly a key industry sector for Ryder,” says Greg Swienton, chairman and chief executive officer of Miami-based Ryder. “We are honored that he has agreed to serve and further strengthen our ability for growth, innovation, customer service and outstanding value to our customers, shareholders and employees.”

Nieto, 51, has been president of the refrigerated foods group for ConAgra Foods since 2005. From 2002 to 2005, he served as president and CEO of the Federated Group, a leading private label supplier to the retail grocery and food services industries. Earlier, Nieto held senior positions in brand management and strategic planning with several highly respected companies, including National Refrigerated Products Group of Dean Foods, Mission Foods, Kraft Foods and the Quaker Oats Co.