PMC Appoints President & Chief Operating Officer

Oct 23

Philadelphia Macaroni Company (PMC) is thrilled to announce a significant milestone in our company’s growth and leadership. On October 2, 2023, Nora Stabert assumed the role of President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), reporting directly to Luke Marano, Jr., Chairman CEO.

Nora’s journey with PMC began in July 2018 as Vice President of Strategy, and since then she consistently demonstrated dedication, vision, and a strategic drive that has propelled PMC forward, including the transformative acquisition and integration of A. Zerega’s Sons in 2020. Most recently, Nora served as the Executive Vice President of Strategy, playing a pivotal role in shaping PMC’s strategic direction and long-term vision. Her contributions have been instrumental in guiding PMC’s continued success amid ongoing dynamic market conditions.

In her new capacity as President and COO, Nora will focus on driving operational excellence and safety, fostering innovation, and reinforcing PMC’s commitment to delivering high-quality products to its customers.

Nora’s appointment marks a significant milestone in PMC’s history, as she represents the fifth generation of the Marano family, a legacy deeply rooted in the company’s heritage. She is the daughter of Bill Stabert, who worked with PMC for 42 years and most recently served as CCO until his retirement in 2020, and the granddaughter of the late Luke Marano, Sr., who built PMC’s strong foundations after taking over the family business in 1960. Through wise investments and his strong sense for innovation, Luke Sr. created new opportunities for PMC with global food companies, resulting in a surge of growth and prosperity for the business. Adaptability and creativity became the distinguishing characteristics of PMC and remain pillars in the company’s operations to this day, as PMC’s success continues being fostered by his sons, Luke Marano, Jr., Chairman CEO, and Mark Marano, Executive Vice President. As part of the fourth generation of family ownership, Luke Jr. and Mark have navigated the company through unprecedented challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, extraordinary demand fluctuations due to pantry stocking behaviors, and a severely disrupted supply chain.

Looking ahead, PMC leadership is excited to see major opportunities for growth and continued success in the pasta industry. Now, Nora is one of three members of the fifth generation involved in the family business, alongside Sam Stabert, Vice President of Retail & Co-Pack Sales, and Alex Marano, Assistant Plant Manager at PMC’s Spokane, WA facility.

In addition to her involvement with PMC, Nora also has also held various roles at the National Pasta Association (NPA), and most notably is currently serving as NPA’s first female Chairperson.

“We are thrilled to have Nora Stabert take on the role of President and COO at PMC. Her combination of formal education, extensive business experience, and leadership style make her the ideal leader to guide our company as we continue to grow and strive for excellence,” said Luke Marano Jr., Chairman CEO of PMC.

Nora Stabert has a BA with Honors in Earth and Environmental Science from Vanderbilt University, and a Master’s in Environmental Management, Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University. Prior to PMC, Nora worked in management consulting at Alliance Consulting Group, a boutique consulting firm in Boston, MA.