EXECUTIVE CHANGE

Gerber Appoints LawtonGerber Products Co. here has named Mike Lawton as senior vice president, chief operating officer. It is a new position.Lawton will have responsibility for overall sales and marketing of the Food and Care business in the United States. He will report directly to Al Piergallini, vice chairman, president and chief executive officer.In other news, Gerber has named Malesia Webb-Dunn

Gerber Appoints Lawton

Gerber Products Co. here has named Mike Lawton as senior vice president, chief operating officer. It is a new position.

Lawton will have responsibility for overall sales and marketing of the Food and Care business in the United States. He will report directly to Al Piergallini, vice chairman, president and chief executive officer.

In other news, Gerber has named Malesia Webb-Dunn as senior manager, external affairs. In this new position, Webb-Dunn will be responsible for the company's public-relations initiatives. She also will act as the company spokesperson.

Webb-Dunn joins Gerber from McDonald's Corp, where she served as media-relations manager and company spokesman.

Also, the company named Lee VanSyckle as senior vice president, national sales manager, U.S. operations. The position had been vacant. VanSyckle also reports to Piergallini.