After more than three decades with the company, Hormel Foods Corporation’s Group Vice President, Corporate Strategy Jim Splinter has announced his coming retirement.
Since joining the team in 1984 as Product Manager for the company's former Dubuque Foods business, Splinter has climbed up the ranks to build a portfolio that includes leading the company's successful Grocery Products division and holding executive positions with the Refrigerated Foods and Jennie-O Turkey Store divisions.
In his most recent role, Splinter led corporate innovation, digital experience, and communications and corporate development, including leading the M&A pipeline, which resulted in several important acquisitions over the last few years.
"Jim has had an outstanding 36-year career with Hormel Foods," said Jim Snee, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Hormel Foods. "Jim's brand-building expertise, combined with his innovative and strategic mindset, has helped us build a winning portfolio of new and emerging brands and positioning us to capitalize on new growth spaces for years to come. His leadership of the company's strategy group resulted in the creation of first-of-its kind innovations, industry-leading acquisitions, and the creation of a new e-commerce model within our company. His career success is credit to his hard work, intelligence, and commitment to looking to the future to ensure the company was—and is—well-positioned to capitalize on the latest trends in the marketplace. We wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement."
Under his leadership, Hormel Foods formed its digital and e-commerce center of excellence and its agile and incubator centers, according to a press release, resulting in the successful introduction of Happy Little Plants® brand, a plant-based protein product line currently in retail locations throughout the United States.
He assumed his current role in October 2016, and has been active in the CPG and food industry, supporting numerous community organizations and causes.
Most recently, he led the development of a new multi-million-dollar community recreation center that opened in Austin, Minnesota.
The company did not announce an official retirement date or who might step into the role to succeed Splinter. With such large shoes to fill, it is understandable that this might take some consideration. Deli Market News will report as more becomes known, and congratulates Jim Splinter on his long and successful career!