Execs on the move at Hormel, Jennie-O
“Bob’s focus on growing our portfolio of value-added products while controlling costs has been instrumental to the long-term success of Hormel Foods and Jennie-O Turkey Store,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, Hormel chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Under his leadership, the Jennie-O Turkey Store brand has become No. 1 in brand awareness in the turkey category. We wish Bob and his wife, Kay, the best in retirement.”
Hormel said Leitch started his career as director of commodity sales at Jennie-O Turkey Store in 1996. He was promoted to senior vice president of the commodity and supply division at Jennie-O Turkey Store in 2001, and was named general manager at Jennie-O Turkey Store in 2011.
In addition, Hormel named James P. Snee as vice president at Hormel Foods and senior vice president of Hormel Foods International Corporation. Mark A. Coffey will replace Snee and has been advanced to vice president of affiliated business units. Timothy J. Fritz will replace Coffey and has been promoted to plant manager of the Austin (Minn.) Plant.
Hormel also promoted Steven J. Venenga to ice president of meat products marketing. All of the changes are effective Oct. 31, 2011.
In a separate announcement, Hormel said James R. Hoffman, vice president of Hormel Foods International Corporation (HFIC) for the Americas, will retire effective January 27, 2012.
“Jim’s leadership and expertise in managing the Americas business has allowed us to grow the presence of our products,” said Richard A. Bross, group vice president at Hormel Foods and president of HFIC. “We wish Jim and his wife, Pam, the best in retirement.”
Maureen A. Lilly will succeed Hoffman as vice president of HFIC for the Americas. She will oversee the sales and marketing of consumer products and foodservice for Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and South America. Lilly joined Hormel Foods in 2003 as the HFIC international sales and marketing manager for Canada. Officials said Lilly start her new responsibilities on Jan. 30, 2012, upon Hoffman's departure.
Hoffman started his career in accounting at Hormel Foods in 1975 and he held various positions in accounting before becoming the vice president and controller of Farm Fresh Catfish (FFC) (Hollandale, Miss.) in 1984. In 1990, he rejoined the accounting group at the Hormel Foods Corporate Office (Austin, Minn.) as manager of cost accounting, and in 1994 returned to FFC as president and chief operating officer. He assumed the position of general manager of the Americas for HFIC in 2000 and advanced to his current position in 2001.