Former Honeywell exec heads to Topco

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — Topco Associates has appointed Danell O’Neill as the company's director of corporate communications. She will report directly to president and CEO Randy Skoda.

O'Neill will be responsible for developing and executing Topco’s strategic internal and external communications. She has worked with Topco as a corporate communications consultant for the past 18 months, partnering with Topco’s leadership team to craft messages that reinforce Topco’s vision and strategic direction, as well as to direct content creation for the company’s annual membership conference.

“We are pleased to have Danell leading our corporate communications team,” said Skoda. “Her extensive experience in strategic communications planning, change management and public relations will help further communicate the value of Topco’s initiatives and products to our members while also driving key internal efforts. Communication to our members is vital to our collective success, and Danell will help us take our communication outreach to the next level.”

For the past seven years, O’Neill was a managing partner of a consulting company. Prior to that, she held communications roles at Honeywell, Accenture and the Nielsen Company where she was VP of corporate communications. O’Neill holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from Illinois State University.

Topco Associates is a privately held company that provides aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions for leading food industry member-owners and customers. Topco leverages the collective volume, knowledge and commitment of these companies to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace by reducing costs and offering winning business-building capabilities.