Jeffrey Ettinger Retiring as Hormel Foods’ Chairman

Current president and CEO of Hormel Jim Snee will assume the role atop the company’s board.

Former Hormel Foods CEO Jeffrey Ettinger will officially retire from the Austin meat and snacks maker just before the Thanksgiving holiday period, the company said Wednesday.
For about a decade, Ettinger was the president, CEO and chairman of the board at Hormel. However, in late 2016, he retired from the president and CEO role at the company but held on to his seat atop Hormel’s board.
On November 20 of this year, Ettinger will make his full exit from Hormel, ushering in Jim Snee, the company’s current president and CEO, into the chairman of the board seat.
“We thank Jeff for his outstanding leadership of Hormel Foods,” Snee said in a statement. “During Jeff’s tenure, the company experienced significant growth and expansion through organic growth, strategic acquisitions, and a continued focus on new product innovation.”
Ettinger first joined Hormel in 1989 as its corporate attorney. Over time, he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming president and CEO of Jennie-O Turkey Store, a subsidiary of Hormel, in 2003. A year later, he becomes Hormel’s chief operating officer and a member of its board.
Outside of Hormel, Ettinger remains a board member at the North American Meat Institute and two other Minnesota companies: Ecolab and The Toro Company.