Poston, Playford Promoted to Chief Officers

JONESBORO, Ark.— Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc. has announced the addition of Phillip Poston and Melody Playford to Chief Officer positions, effective January 1, 2023.

Phillip Poston

Poston will be promoted to Chief Development Officer. In this role, he will be responsible for Hytrol’s employee development program, oversee strategic planning efforts, lead community engagement initiatives and direct the company’s academic engagement program. He started with Hytrol in 1999 has worked his way through positions that have included Director of Communications, Director of Strategic Planning and, most recently, Director of Fort Smith Operations.

“Phillip has had a broad array of experience at Hytrol that will give him insight into the future of the company,” said David Peacock, President of Hytrol. “He always keeps our core values at the top of mind, and we see him as a valuable addition to our executive team.”

Melody Playford

Playford will be promoted to Chief Information Officer. She joined Hytrol in 2021 as Director of Information Technology and has focused her efforts on creating strategic growth in Hytrol’s technology efforts. She previously worked in industries from healthcare to retail in positions of CIO at Arkansas DHS, Senior Director Product Management for Data & Marketing for and Director of Technology for Walmart, Inc.

“Melody understands how data drives businesses today and has a vision for Hytrol’s digital transformation. She is hyper-focused on achieving these goals, and we see her as a key to our performance and growth, both short-and long-term,” said Peacock.

Hytrol recently announced a strategic realignment of its executive suite that includes the change of four titles and the promotions of Playford and Poston.

About Hytrol:

Hytrol designs and manufactures advanced conveyor systems, controls, and solutions for customers with processing, manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution needs. For 75 years, Hytrol has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to understanding the unique material handling needs of businesses. Hytrol is focused on creating innovative, customized conveyor solutions that help companies achieve their goals. Follow Hytrol on Twitter @hytrol.