GRAND RAPIDS (News release) -- UFP Industries announced the appointment of Allen Peters to executive vice president of innovation, effective January 1, 2023. Allen's new duties will include leading UFP's Innovation Accelerator and Innov8 Fund teams. He will also use his unique experience as president of UFP Retail Solutions to drive the ambitious new products and technology push necessary for rapid iterative changes through the organization.
"After 24 years of managing operations and sales, I am excited to use my experience to discover new opportunities and execute the strategies of our innovation teams," said Allen. "I am ready to help shape the next waves of 'big things' coming into UFP, and there is no better place to do that than from the helm of our innovation teams."
As part of his new responsibilities, Allen will continue to collaborate on key strategies in the E-commerce/distribution/fulfillment spaces.
"Allen has excelled at each assignment he has undertaken for UFP, and I believe this new role is a perfect match for his skills," said CEO Matthew J. Missad. "I look forward to seeing his innovation-focused commitment to UFP bear fruit in the coming years. With our promote-from-within culture, this change will create a positive domino effect within the organization, and I'm excited to see the growth opportunities that will arise for our teammates."
The search for a new president of UFP Retail Solutions is underway, with the successor expected to be named by the end of September. To ensure a smooth transition for UFP Retail Solutions, Allen will continue in his current role while working closely with his replacement until the end of 2022.