Hormel Foods Corporation will soon be seeing changes to one of its crucial divisions, recently announcing the retirement of Tom Day, Executive Vice President, Refrigerated Foods, beginning at the end of the first quarter fiscal 2020. Hormel has also announced a slew of executive promotions, including Deanna Brady, who will assume Day’s former role following his departure.
"Tom's unique ability to elevate strategic thinking, build global high-performing teams, create a growth-oriented culture, and deliver key results has earned him an unmatched reputation as a leader in our company and throughout the food industry," said Jim Snee, Chairman, President, and CEO. "While Tom has consistently delivered outstanding business results during his tenure with Hormel Foods, it is perhaps his leadership of our cultural transformation that will be most remembered. He is a respected mentor and role model to many within the Hormel Foods family. He will certainly be missed, but his legacy of excellence will live on well beyond his retirement."
Day brought nearly 40 years of strategic leadership to Hormel while serving as a member of the company’s executive committee. In his tenure as Vice President of Refrigerated Foods, Day led Hormel’s largest segment, along with several subsidiaries and divisions, including Hormel Deli Solutions, Hormel Foods Foodservice, Meat Products, Fresh Pork and Affiliated Businesses, Dan’s Prize, and Burke Corporation. During his long and fruitful career, Day guided a number of business units to record growth and was responsible for spearheading the integration of three recent acquisitions, including Fontanini, Applegate, and Columbus Craft Meats.
While Hormel will always be grateful for Day’s many contributions to the company, his successor is well positioned to pick up the torch and lead Hormel to new successes. Since 2015, Brady has led the Consumer Products Sales Business, overseeing the company’s growth strategy and branded portfolio sales in both retail and e-commerce. She started with Hormel in 1996 and throughout her tenure has held several management and leadership positions, including Vice President of Foodservice Sales, and Group Vice President of Foodservice, prior to her current position.
"Deanna is ideally suited to assume the leadership post of Refrigerated Foods," Snee commented, in a press release. "She is forward-thinking, with an unmatched business acumen and analytical approach, and knows the dynamics of the Refrigerated Foods business. Most importantly, she understands what it will take to continue to drive growth in this important business segment."
Once Brady steps into her new role, P.J. Connor, currently Vice President; Senior Vice President, Consumer Products Sales (CPS), will assume Brady’s current role. Then, to fill Connor’s vacated role, Tony Hoffman, currently Vice President of Business Planning and Support, will take up the position.
In his current role, Connor is responsible for all sales activities surrounding the company’s Walmart business, one of Hormel’s major customers. Connor joined Hormel in 1996, and since then has held various management and leadership positions before assuming his current role in 2011.
"P.J. has been instrumental in the growth of the company's CPS division," said Snee. "He understands the importance of working collaboratively with our customers in the truest sense of partnership. He has brought innovation and ideation to the future of grocery and retail, both in-store and in e-commerce and is poised to continue his leadership with the CPS team."
Hoffman will step in to lead Hormel’s Walmart business, and throughout his career with the company, which began in 1998, he gained significant experience in Refrigerated Foods and Consumer Products Sales, before taking on his current role in 2015.
"Tony will move seamlessly into this new role leading Hormel Foods business with the Walmart team," Snee commented. "He has a strong knowledge of the business and understands the importance of our long-standing partnership with Walmart and its team of professionals."
Congratulations to Deanna, P.J., and Tony on their new appointments, and Deli Market News wishes a happy retirement to Tom!