US pork producer Seaboard Corporation has appointed Robert Steer as the company’s new CEO, following the death of former CEO Steven Bresky earlier this month.
Steer has served as the executive vice-president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Seaboard since April 2011, and he has been with the company for more than 35 years, serving in various roles. According to Seaboard, Steer will also continue to serve as CFO until a successor CFO is appointed.
The company has also made a number of additional appointments across its senior leadership team. Ellen Bresky has been appointed as a director and chairperson of the board, filling the position previously held by her late husband Steven Bresky.
Jacob Bresky – son of Ellen and Steven – has also been appointed as vice-president of businesses development after seven years at the company.
Douglas Baena, who currently serves as an independent director and the chairman of the company’s Audit Committee, has also been appointed as lead director. In this position, Baena will serve as the main liaison between the company’s board and management.
Steven Bresky was appointed as president, CEO and chairman of the board of Seaboard in 2006, and a statement from the company claimed that his stewardship led and grew the company to its current position in the market.
The company claims that these senior appointments will help to secure continuity for the businesses’ operations. In a joint statement, Ellen Bresky and Douglas Baena stated: “We are confident that these appointments will provide continuity for Seaboard’s businesses and will enable Seaboard to continue the legacy of the late Mr Bresky, Seaboard’s former president/CEO.”
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