Smithfield: senior management changes
Smithfield Foods, Inc. has announced the appointment
of George Richter to the new position of president and chief operating officer
of its pork group and named Joseph W. Luter IV as executive vice president of
Smithfield Foods as part of a senior management
Richter has spent most of his career at Farmland Foods, where he served as
president since Smithfield acquired the company in October 2003. In his new
role, effective April 28, the presidents of Smithfield Foods' five pork
processing companies will report to him.
Luter, currently president of
Smithfield Packing Company, will concentrate on sales and marketing in his new
role as an executive vice president of Smithfield Foods.
James Sbarro will take over form Richter as president of Farmland. He has
been senior vice president of sales, marketing, research and development at the
company since 1999.
Tim Schellpeper, senior vice president of operations
at Farmland, will assume Luter's position at Smithfield Packing Company. He has
been with Farmland for 17 years.
"These managers will help in the
coordination of the pork subsidiaries to better serve our continually-growing
retail and foodservice customers," said C. Larry Pope, Smithfield Foods
president and chief executive officer. "There are big opportunities across the
organisation to improve our operations and financial performance. This new team
will be focused on developing these opportunities and maximizing the enormous
potential of this company."
â€¢ Smithfield Foods
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