Hormel Foods Board Votes In New President, COO
Hormel Foods Corporation said on Wednesday that James Snee to be its new president and COO, effective October 26.
Snee, 48, will take over the president’s role from Jeffrey Ettinger, 57, who assumed the leadership position in 2004. Hormel’s board also elected Snee to the position of COO of the Austin-based food manufacturer. Previously, Snee had been group vice president of Hormel as well as president of its international division.
Ettinger will maintain his roles of chairman and CEO at Hormel. As the new president, Snee will oversee the company’s global operations of Jennie-O Turkey, SPAM and its variety of grocery products and refrigerated foods.
In a statement, Ettinger said, “[Snee’s] vast experience in both our core businesses and our emerging growth markets internationally position him exceptionally well to take on the additional responsibilities of president and chief operating officer.” Ettinger said he was confident in Snee after he “delivered double-digit sales and earnings growth” and accelerated expansion into China during his tenure as president of Hormel’s international business.
Snee is set to be the tenth president of Hormel in the company’s 124-year history.