US nut company John B. Sanfilippo & Son (JBSS) has announced the appointment of Dr Nathan Rucker as the director of corporate continuous improvement.

In this newly created position, Rucker will lead the development and roll out of continuous improvement strategies to increase operating efficiencies, streamline business processes and enhance value to customers.

"As JBSS continues to expand its product line and grow the business, it's critically important that we focus on efficient production and business management strategies," said president and CEO Jasper Sanfilippo Jr.

Rucker comes to JBSS from Young Pecan Co. where he was the vice president of operations.

Prior to this, Rucker was a vice president in one of the consulting practices at Marsh and McLennan Cos., where he worked with food distribution and consumer packaged goods operations.