It's always exciting news when a leader is promoted, and today the news comes from Smithfield Foods, which has recently promoted Andrea Tucker to Plant Manager of the company's Tar Heel facility in North Carolina. Effective April 4, the industry expert will step in to oversee the company's largest facility, and one of the largest pork processing operations in the world.
"I'm grateful Smithfield believes in me and for the opportunity to continue to give back to this company," said Tucker. "My journey to becoming a Plant Manager didn't happen overnight. It's my goal to uphold our culture at Smithfield where anyone can access the same opportunities I have had through hard work and dedication. Though I will miss my Wilson team, I'm excited for this next chapter in Tar Heel."
Tucker brings over two decades of experience to the company. In her new role, as explained in a press release, she will oversee the complex's planning, organization, cost, and continual improvements, focusing on employer of choice cultural enhancements and ensuring the location's continued leadership in product quality.
After joining Smithfield as an accountant over 20 years ago, Tucker became the company's first female plant manager in 2019, appointed to oversee its largest bacon processing facility in Wilson, North Carolina.
"Andrea is a true servant leader who has achieved record levels of operational excellence, employee morale, and engagement by instilling a culture of teamwork wherever she goes," said Brady Stewart, Chief Operating Officer. "We are tremendously proud to have her as part of our Smithfield Family and look forward to watching her career with Smithfield continue to unfold."
This promotion comes as Donovan Owens, Tar Heel Plant Manager since 2018, is being promoted to a new corporate role within Smithfield.
"We thank Donovan for his many contributions at our Tar Heel facility over the last four years," added Stewart. "Providing new opportunities for our team members to contribute and grow is an essential element of our vertically integrated business strategy and the future of our company. We are confident that Andrea and Donovan will continue to excel in their new roles."
Congratulations to both Andrea Tucker and Donovan Owens as they take exciting next steps in their industry journeys!