Hormel Foods is causing waves in the industry with the announcement of its executive lineup changes. Recently, the global branded food company announced Larry Vorpahl, Group Vice President and President of Hormel Foods International Corporation, will be retiring this summer.
As a result of the announcement, Swen Neufeldt, currently Vice President of Meat Products Marketing for the company's Refrigerated Foods division, has been named Group Vice President and President of Hormel Foods International Corporation. Lisa Selk, currently Director of Hormel Health Labs and the company's CFI business, will assume the post of Vice President of Meat Products Marketing for Refrigerated Foods.
According to the press release, Vorpahl joined Hormel Foods in 1986 and held a number of senior-level positions in product management, marketing, and sales during the years. In 2015, he was chosen to lead the company's international division, an area of focus for the Minnesota-based company.
“Larry has played an important role in our growth and success during his 34 years with our company,” Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer Jim Snee commended. “Larry’s career has touched virtually every business within Hormel Foods. As he moves into retirement, he can look back with pride on his substantial impact on our culture, talent, and global footprint. We will certainly miss Larry, but I know this next phase of his life will be as dynamic as his tenure with Hormel Foods.”
Currently the Vice President of Meat Products Marketing, Neufeldt has been tapped to fill the top international spot, a move Snee attributed to his proven international track record. Neufeldt has held the role since 2016. He began his career with Hormel Foods in Grocery Products sales and product management. In 1999, he moved into the company's international business, where he has spent most of his career.
“Swen brings a wealth of international and strategic business experience to the position, having served as general manager of our China business and president of Asia Pacific for many years,” Snee continued. “His global perspective will be important as we continue to focus on accelerating growth outside of North America.”
Selk brings diversified experience to the role of leading the Meat Products marketing function within Refrigerated Foods. She joined Hormel Foods in 1998 as a Food Scientist in the research and development area and has since held brand management and innovation leadership roles in multiple divisions, including the Meat Products division.
“Lisa has a strong background for this position,” Snee said. “She has led a business, built brands, and understands the importance of putting the consumer first in innovation and marketing. With this strong consumer brand focus, I am confident she will be successful in this new role.”
We at Deli Market News send our hearty blessings to Larry Vorpahl and our congratulations to Swen Neufeldt and Lisa Selk on this next step of their journey.