(Oct. 12) Michael Solomon has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Ready Pac Foods Inc., Irwindale, Calif.

Solomon, formerly chief operations officer at Ready Pac, continues to directly oversee daily operations and reports directly to company founder, chairman and chief executive officer Dennis Gertmenian, according to an Oct. 12 news release.

The promotion takes effect immediately, spokeswoman Tracy Smith said.

“Michael’s track record is outstanding,” Gertmenian said in the release. “For almost a year as chief operating officer he has been instrumental in working with our management team to help Ready Pac streamline business operations and sustain profitability.”

Gertmenian remains involved with all aspects of the business and focuses on customer initiatives to seek new growth opportunities for the company, according to the release.

Before joining Ready Pac, Solomon held key positions in the business world for more than 30 years, including president of Max Factor Cosmetics and Mann Theatres.