John Vena Inc., Philadelphia, hired two new staff members.

Nora Schmidt is returning to the food industry as food safety and quality assurance manager from the chemical industry. She will partner with production and facilities staff at John Vena to work on food safety science.

Joe Gallagher, new chief financial officer, previously worked at Textron Aviation and Penske Logistics.

“With our packing and production facilities growing and increased logistics capabilities on the horizon, the timing is right to welcome Joe and Nora to the team,” John Vena, president of John Vena Inc., said in a news release. “Quality control and financial leadership are key in this industry. They have always been central to our business model and we’re making investments in our team accordingly. I’m very excited to see their contributions in action.”

John Vena is a fourth-generation family-owned and -operated produce wholesaler.