Robert A. Christensen, CEO of Christensen Farms, died early Saturday morning in Kansas while hunting with family and friends. Christensen Farms is one of the largest pork producers in the USA with operations in six states and more than 900 employees.
Christensen passed away from an apparent heart attack. He was 51. “This is a sad and difficult time for everyone,” said Glenn Stolt, Christensen Farms Chief Financial Officer. “Bob had a true entrepreneurial spirit and focused on excellence.”
Christensen Farms, headquartered in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, started as a small family operation in 1974.
“Over the past several years, Bob focused on developing a strong management team responsible for day-to-day-operations,” said Stolt. “While Bob’s passing is a tremendous loss to all of us, his legacy is a strong, innovative company committed to producing high quality food.”
As a result of the passing, the board of directors of Christensen Farms & Feedlots announced several board and management changes.
Lynn Christensen was appointed chairman of the board of Christensen Farms, and current Chief Financial Officer Glenn Stolt was named interim Chief Executive Officer. In addition, the board ratified the role of the existing advisory board and added one member, Dr Tim Loula of the St Peter, MN based Swine Vet Center.
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