January 21, 2019

Smithfield announces enhanced structure, new leadership appointments

Smithfield Foods, Inc. has announced an enhanced organisational structure, which includes new leadership appointments and the addition of a chief operating officer.


The new structure and leadership appointments signify the realisation of Smithfield's "One Smithfield" initiative which unifies all its operations, brands and more than 54,000 employees globally under one corporate umbrella, the company said.

In addition, the initiative will optimise and simplify Smithfield's organisational alignment, infuse innovative ideas in all aspects of the company, and heighten its strategic focus on its $8 billion value-added business, which holds top market share in numerous product categories.

"Guided by our principles of responsibility, operational excellence and innovation, our new optimised structure and leadership team will further ignite our potential as "One Smithfield" by allowing us to better identify and seek out opportunities to improve our business, including ways to work smarter, serve customers better, and make Smithfield the best of the best," said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods.

Effective January 1, Dennis Organ has been promoted to chief operating officer (US operations). This new role oversees and unifies all domestic business operations management, including the company's hog production, fresh pork, and packaged meats businesses. Organ is responsible for strategic development, day-to-day operations, and continued improvement of the company's US businesses, ensuring Smithfield's operations are optimised, efficient, and best-in-class.

Organ has been with Smithfield for eight years and has exhibited the unique qualities necessary to execute the new responsibilities, the company said.

Under the new structure, the following members of Smithfield's leadership team will report to Organ: Gregg Schmidt, president of US hog production; Jason Richter, executive vice president of US fresh pork; Russ Dokken, executive vice president of US packaged meats; Scott Saunders, executive vice president of US supply chain; and Joe Weber, executive vice president of US growth and emerging businesses.

Schmidt will remain president of US hog production, until his retirement at the end of 2019. Brady Stewart, former vice president and general manager of Kansas City Sausage Company and Pine Ridge Farms, which Smithfield acquired in 2017, will work with Schmidt for the next year and succeed him upon his retirement. Stewart has been promoted to executive vice president of US hog production.

Smithfield has also created the position of chief commercial officer (packaged meats) which is filled by John Pauley, who has been with the company for 18 years and was previously executive vice president of retail sales (packaged meats). Pauley is responsible for commercial strategy and development, including responsibility for all domestic packaged meats sales channels and business development, as well as all domestic marketing activities, innovation and product development.

Pauley is regarded for his market knowledge and comprehensive grasp of Smithfield's commercial opportunities, making him the ideal leader to fill the new role.

Smithfield also announced the promotion of Keira Lombardo to executive vice president of corporate affairs and compliance. Lombardo leads the company's communications, government affairs, sustainability and investor relations efforts, and oversees all of Smithfield's compliance functions, including legal.

Lombardo has been with Smithfield for more than 16 years and has a unique and multifaceted understanding of the business, industry and the company's broad array of stakeholders.

The enhanced structure and new leadership appointments reinforce a clear vision for the future of Smithfield focused on fulfilling its mission to produce good food in a responsible way, the company concluded.

- Smithfield / Globe Newswire