American Meat Institute(AMI) members elected six new officers to guide the organization through the next year. The election was held Thursday at AMI’s annual business meeting during the Worldwide Food Expoat McCormick Place in Chicago.

Elected to the chairmanship for 2009-2010 is Jeffrey Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Hormel Foods Corporation.

Dennis Vignieri, president and CEO ofKenosha Beef International, Ltd., will serve as vice-chairman for 2009-2010.

Larry Odom, chairman, CEO and president ofOdom’s Tennessee Pride Sausage Inc. will serve as treasurer. 

Elected to serve as secretary for the 2009-2010 term isNick Meriggioli.  Meriggioli is president ofOscar Mayer, a Kraft Foods Business Unit.

Rod Brenneman, president and chief executive officer ofSeaboard Foods, becomes immediate past chairman. J. Patrick Boylewas reelected by the AMI membership to serve a 12th year as the Institute’spresident and CEO.

“This upcoming year looks to be one that will be filled with opportunities to address issues of great importance like continued advances in food safety, sustainable business practices, immigration reform and export enhancement,” said Boyle.  “The leadership and diverse experience of these new AMI officers will be critical in our efforts to continue to advance this industry.  I look forward to working with them to achieve our common goals."