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International HR executive joins with expertise in publicly and privately held companies


THE WOODLANDS, Tex., May 1, 2024– Fortifi Food Processing Solutions (“Fortifi”) has appointed Hernán Rein as Chief Human Resources Officer effective May 1, 2024. Fortifi's unified platform of leading global brands and products transforms food processing and automation solutions.

“We are delighted to bring Hernán on board as our HR leader,” said Massimo Bizzi, Chief Executive Officer of Fortifi. “His strong profile as a specialist in global best practices within publicly and privately held companies will help us strengthen our culture, enrich our talent pool and facilitate our focus on employee ownership.”

Rein joins Fortifi after serving as CHRO of PerkinElmer, a leading global analytical services and solutions provider with a focus in food science and the environment. He led the company's global private equity-backed HR team of more than 100. During his fourteen-year tenure at Vopak (Euronext: VPK), a Dutch industrial infrastructure corporation, he served as Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President HR and Communication and Member of the Strategic Committee, with responsibilities for long-term personnel and cultural strategies as well as the redesign of the internal organization. For Vopak, Rein worked out of The Netherlands, Argentina and the U.S. His prior positions also saw him based in France.

“Fortifi combines a leading focus on industrial effectiveness with an equally strong emphasis on employee ownership,” Rein said. “I look forward to the opportunity to build and develop the newly integrated company's HR foundation as well as its approach to talent engagement.”

Rein holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Universidad de Buenos Aires and an MBA from INSEAD (Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires) of Fontainebleau, France. He is based at Fortifi’s global headquarters in The Woodlands, Tex.

About Fortifi Food Processing Solutions

Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas and operating worldwide, Fortifi is a leading platform of automated food processing equipment and automation solutions. Fortifi serves customers worldwide through its global manufacturing and service footprint, and drives improvements in yield, productivity, food quality, and worker safety for many of the world’s largest food producers. Fortifi’s growing portfolio includes Bettcher Industries, a manufacturer of protein processing tools, machinery, and associated aftermarket parts; Frontmatec, a full-line supplier of automated red meat processing equipment; MHM Automation, a provider of automated processing and material handling solutions; and Nothum Food Processing Systems, a manufacturer of batter, tempura, breading and frying lines primarily for protein processing. For more information, please visit: