Company News: Smithfield, AllTech, Nedap

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Smithfield Foods Announces New Leadership Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced a new organizational structure Friday, which includes new leadership appointments and the promotion of Dennis Organ as chief operating officer. On Jan. 1, Organ was promoted to chief operating officer, U.S. operations, a new position. He will oversee and unify all domestic business operations management, including the company’s hog production, fresh pork, and packaged meats businesses. He is responsible for strategic development, day-to-day operations, and continued improvement of the company’s U.S. businesses, ensuring Smithfield’s operations are optimized, efficient, and best-in-class, according to a Smithfield news release. Organ has been with Smithfield for eight years. 

Under the new structure, the following members of Smithfield’s leadership team will report to Organ:
•    Gregg Schmidt, president, U.S. hog production
•    Jason Richter, executive vice president, U.S. fresh pork
•    Russ Dokken, executive vice president, U.S. packaged meats
•    Scott Saunders, executive vice president, U.S. supply chain
•    Joe Weber, executive vice president, U.S. growth and emerging businesses

Schmidt will remain president, U.S. hog production, until his retirement at the end of 2019. Brady Stewart, formerly vice president and general manager of Kansas City Sausage Company and Pine Ridge Farms, which Smithfield acquired in 2017, will work with Schmidt for the next year and succeed him upon his retirement. Stewart has been promoted to executive vice president, U.S. hog production.

Smithfield has also created a chief commercial officer, packaged meats, position filled by John Pauley, previously executive vice president of retail sales, packaged meats. He will be responsible for commercial strategy and development, including responsibility for all domestic packaged meats sales channels and business development, as well as all domestic marketing activities, innovation, and product development.

Keira Lombardo has been promoted to executive vice president of corporate affairs and compliance. Lombardo leads the company’s communications, government affairs, sustainability, and investor relations efforts, and oversees all of Smithfield’s compliance functions, including legal. 

Bear Grylls, Chris Zook Headline Alltech’s One Conference
Bear Grylls, one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure, is a keynote speaker for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference on May 19-21 in Lexington, Ky. He has been on Discovery Channel’s Emmy Award-nominated “Man vs. Wild” television series, which became one of the most watched shows on the planet. He is also one of the youngest people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Chris Zook, best-selling author of books on leadership and business strategy and an advisory partner at the renowned consulting firm Bain & Company, will also present a keynote at ONE. He specializes in guiding companies to find new sources of profitable growth and renew themselves internally to become more adaptive and entrepreneurial. He was also named “one of the most interesting strategic thinkers working today” by "The Financial Times Guide to Strategy."

In addition to world-class speakers, a press release by Alltech says that species-specific breakout sessions with industry experts will give attendees an opportunity to explore their particular fields, including aquaculture, beef, crop science, dairy, pig, poultry, equine, health and wellness, business, and brewing and distilling. Additional ONE19 speakers and session topics will be announced shortly. 

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Three New Faces Join Nedap’s Swine Support Team in the Americas
Nedap, a global leader in swine and dairy management systems, recently hired Cheryl Day and Jeff Morten to join its North American swine support team and José Roberto Simeone for its Latin America swine support team. Day joins as the U.S. vice president of business development, Morten joins as the U.S. sales manager and Simeone as the Latin America sales manager.  

Day will lead the team as they work to help pork producers find the best solutions for individual animal care. Prior to joining forces with the Nedap U.S. team, she served as the editor of National Hog Farmer and the livestock editor for Feedstuffs. She’s also a ninth-generation farmer, currently raising corn, soybeans and registered Angus cattle in Illinois with her family.

Morten brings years of experience in sales and project management to his new role. Before joining the Nedap U.S. team, Morten worked as a sales manager for the Nedap dealer New Standard, owned a start-up construction company and served as a senior project manager for VCRNOW.  

Simeone will help Spanish-, Portuguese- and English-speaking pork producers in Latin America use Nedap technology to manage sows in a group setting. His previous jobs were with multinational agricultural companies, such as Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Cargill Inc. Simeone earned his MBA degree at the School of Management in Maastricht, the Netherlands this past year.

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