National Beef Packing Company, LLC, Kansas City, announced several promotions. Effective immediately, it named ...
...Terry Wilkersonas chief operating officer. Wilkerson previously was executive vice president of beef operations.
...Simon McGeeas chief financial officer. Previously, he served as executive vice president, corporate strategy and acquisitions.
 ...Jay Nielsenas chief accounting officer and treasurer. Previously, he served as chief financial officer.
 ...Carey Hoskinsonas executive vice president, beef operations. Previously, he served as vice president and general manager at National Beef's Dodge City, Kan., beef processing plant.

 "We have a succession plan in place which includes the continued development of our management staff to fulfill the leadership needs of an ever changing and growing company," said CEO and President Tim Klein. "These moves help strengthen National Beef's leadership today and ensure a strong pipeline of capable leaders in the years to come. We are fortunate to have the depth of experience and expertise within our company that makes it possible to plan for succession from within."

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