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People: US National Pork Board names CEO

Chris Hodges, a senior vice president – business development of Smithfield Farmland, will join the National Pork Board as its new chief executive officer on Feb. 16.

He is also a retiring board member of the National Pork Producers Council. He served as chairman of its Packer Processor Industry Council since 2013.

"For the past 30 years, Chris has dedicated his career to the pork industry, building and leading teams to meet the emerging demands for protein in both the U.S. and international market place," said Dale Norton, president of the National Pork Board and a pork producer from Bronson, Mich. "He knows this industry so well and, over the years, has given back through volunteering his time and expertise in several areas."

Hodges' first week on the job will include meeting with producer leaders at the National Pork Board's annual unified research committee meeting, Feb. 17-19, followed closely by speaking at the National Pork Industry Forum in San Antonio, March 5-7.

Currently based in Kansas City, his last day with Smithfield will be Feb. 13, upon which he will move to Des Moines to lead the Pork Checkoff.

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