Butterball has announced a new COO, bringing more than 30 years of executive leadership experience—including knowledge of procurement, manufacturing, commercial distribution, and customer support—to its operations. The company has appointed Peter Brown to the role
“Peter’s broad background in all facets of the protein industry means he has successfully solved some of our industry’s biggest challenges. We’re incredibly fortunate to tap into his experience and expertise in utilizing Lean manufacturing and management principles to collaboratively drive results,” said Butterball President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Jandrain in a press release. “Peter has a proven track record of turning strategy into actions and leveraging the skills of existing talent to build high-performing teams.”
According to the company’s press release, Brown is an executive with ample experience in a variety of protein types at both retail and foodservice.
As COO, Brown is expected to work collaboratively to drive results and have direct responsibility for company operations across Butterball’s six turkey processing facilities and all operational support functions. He will, according to the company, focus on aligning Butterball’s operations’ strategy with strategic company priorities, all driven by customer and marketplace needs and will also be an executive champion in driving Butterball’s culture of continuous improvement.
Prior to joining Butterball, Brown held various leadership positions in operations and sales during his career in the protein industry. According to his LinkedIn, Brown served in a number of roles—including VP—at Cargill and was President of Quantum Foods. Most recently, Brown served as President and Chief Operating Officer at High Liner Foods, a global seafood company based in New Hampshire.
Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in food science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, and is a member of various industry boards and organizations supporting sustainability, regulatory, and legislative initiatives.
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