A wave of executive change has swept through Hormel Foods, as the company recently announced the appointment of a new Chief and several new executive roles.
First, Hormel announced its new Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer Pierre Lilly, who will oversee compliance, risk, and ethics within the organization, and ensure compliance with laws, regulatory requirements, policies, and procedures. Most recently, Lilly led the Hormel Foods internal audit function with oversight responsibilities for the evaluation of operational and financial processes and controls.
According to a statement, he developed and led strategic compliance activities within the organization.
"Hormel Foods has long been committed to conducting our business with the highest level of integrity and in full compliance with the laws and regulations that govern our operations around the globe," Jim Snee, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer, said. "Pierre's qualifications, along with his proven track record of leadership within Hormel Foods, make him the ideal person to take on this new role. Pierre has extensive experience leading internal audits and compliance, and I am confident that he will be successful in leading our comprehensive companywide compliance program."
Alongside the retirement of Donnie Temperley, Vice President of Refrigerated Foods Operations, and Tim Fritz, Vice President of Grocery Products Operations, Hormel announced several other leadership advancements.
These include the advancement of Clint Walters, currently Plant Manager of the company's Austin, Minnesota, manufacturing facility, to the position of Vice President of Refrigerated Foods Operations, and John Forsythe, currently Plant Manager of the company's manufacturing facility in Atlanta, Georgia, to the position of Vice President of Grocery Products Operations.
"Donnie and Tim have been inspiring leaders, playing important operational roles for Hormel Foods," continued Snee. “They joined Hormel Foods at almost the same time, and throughout their distinguished nearly 40-year careers, they have been instrumental in creating a safe, innovative, and highly valued plant operations enterprise. Our entire organization is better because of their leadership, and we wish them well in their respective retirements. Fortunately, we have an incredible depth of experience within Hormel Foods, and that certainly is the case with Clint and John, who will be assuming these important operational roles. I am confident that they will move into these roles seamlessly and continue our track record of operational excellence."
Walters began his career in 1995 at Hormel Foods' Dold Foods in Wichita, Kansas, where he held various production supervisor and superintendent roles at both Dold and Osceola Food. He held Plant Manager roles at Lloyd's Barbeque Company and was later promoted to Plant Manager at Osceola Food.
Forsythe began his career with Hormel in 2000 as an industrial engineer. He continued his career in engineering until moving into plant operations leadership in 2011, assuming superintendent and Plant Manager roles in California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He moved into his current role in 2016.
In related moves, Hormel also announced the advancement of Kari Pollak to Plant Manager of the Austin, Minnesota, plant. Pollak will be the first woman to lead the operation, one of the company's largest. She is currently Plant Manager for the company's Progressive Processing facility.
Pollak joined Hormel Foods in 1999, and during her time there has held various supervisory and leadership roles at several of the company's food manufacturing facilities, including serving as Plant Manager for Swiss American Sausage Company operations and Progressive Processing.
Additionally, the company announced the advancement of Scott Clark to Plant Manager of the Hormel Foods production facility in Atlanta. He is currently the Production Manager at the facility. Clark has more than 25 years of operations and engineering experience with other large food companies. He has served in various operational and management leadership roles with J&J Snack Foods, ConAgra Brands, and Kraft Foods.
Both of Temperly and Fritz’s retirements will begin in the spring of next year.
Congratulations to all of those making advances in their careers!