FONA Appoints Three New Vice Presidents

June 17, 2020
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From left to right: John Fishel, Becky Wagner, Tonya Hubbartt

FONA Appoints Three New Vice Presidents

Geneva, IL, June 18, 2020 

FONA International, developer and manufacturer of complete flavor solutions for many of the world's leading food, beverage, and nutritional companies, has appointed three new vice presidents. FONA appointed Rebecca Wagner Vice President of Growth Platforms, John Fishel Vice President of Beverage and Tonya Hubbartt Vice President of Human Resources.

“Becky, John and Tonya each exemplify FONA values and are subject matter experts in their respective fields,” said Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Thompson “Not only have they led FONA to success through important wins and promoting cultural development, but they also have become mentors and leaders to many throughout the organization.”

Becky Wagner, a FONA employee since 2006, was promoted to Vice President of Growth Platforms where she will continue to build customer loyalty, leading tolling and driving growth for high tech solutions such as TrueTaste®, a patented flavor technology.

John Fishel, employee since 2008, will take on the roll of Vice President of Beverage, where he will have direct responsibility for the Beverage Solutions Manager as well as the Beverage flavor creation and marketing teams. He will provide strategic direction, marketing leadership and business management to the business unit to continue to provide exceptional service to our valued customers.

Tonya Hubbartt has been promoted to Vice President of Human Resources. In her role, she will continue driving award-winning benefits, culture, and people programs while delivering excellence in employee care, relations and engagement. She also guides recruitment and retention. Tonya joined FONA more than 11 years ago.

Other Promotions & New Hires

  • A member of the beverage team since 2009, Jason Mittelheuser has been promoted to Solutions Manager for the Beverage Business Unit where he will lead the applications team.

  • Julie Laughter was promoted to Sr. Market Manager where she will collaborate closely with business unit leaders and focus on business strategy, sales enablement and effectiveness, marketing and pricing.

  • FONA also hired two new Senior Account Executives, Megan Mullinix and Liz Karre. Megan will have a key focus on customers within the alcohol segment in the Eastern region of the U.S. while Liz will focus on both existing and prospective customers within the Great Plains region of the U.S.

About FONA International, Inc.

Founded more than 30 years ago, FONA International creates and produces flavors for many of the largest food, beverage, and nutritional companies in the world. It offers flavor solutions for the confection, grain, beverage, performance nutrition, OTC and emerging markets from its state-of-the-art, 33-acre campus in Geneva, IL. FONA’s seven core values drive it to pursue excellence and foster incredible partnerships. More than just great flavors — FONA provides exceptional service and complete market solutions.