Smithfield Foods has announced the appointment of Shane Smith as its new president and CEO, effective immediately.
Smith – a two-decade veteran of the company – succeeds Dennis Organ, who is stepping down for personal reasons after being appointed to the position less than a year ago.
Most recently, Smith served as Smithfield Foods’ chief strategy officer after being promoted late last year. In this role, he helped drive the company’s growth strategy and oversaw its hog farming operations, as well as the Smithfield Renewables carbon reduction platform.
Prior to that, Smith served as executive vice president of Smithfield’s European operations, leading the company’s business on the continent.
Smith joined Smithfield in 2003 as a financial analyst and has held various financial roles within the company. From 2012 to 2018, he served as vice president and CFO, Smithfield Europe, and as president, Smithfield Romania.
Smith’s experience with both Smithfield’s European and US businesses is expected to help the company to strengthen global collaboration across its footprint.
“I am honoured to serve as Smithfield’s next president and CEO and lead an incredible team of more than 63,000 people who all work together to provide families worldwide with wholesome, safe and affordable food,” said newly appointed Smithfield Foods president and CEO, Smith.
“At Smithfield, ‘Good food. Responsibly.’ is more than something we say. It’s how we approach our work and what we carry out through our mission to produce good food the right way with respect for our people, animals, communities and planet.
“Together with our talented leadership team, I look forward to furthering our long-term vision that has made us one of the world’s leading consumer packaged protein companies, creating value for a broad range of stakeholders.”
© FoodBev Media Ltd 2021
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