Michael Brown To Lead Farmland

Smithfield Foods Inc. has named Michael Brown president and chief operating officer of Farmland Foods Inc., effective Oct. 4, 2010. Farmland is a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.

Brown previously served as president of Armour-Eckrich LLC since 2008 and has nearly 30 years of experience in the food industry. He will be responsible for leading all aspects of the business, including sales and marketing, operations, quality, food safety, finance and accounting, human resources, and procurement. Brown will report to George Richter, president and chief operating officer of the Pork Group.

“Mike is a tremendous asset to this organization and I am confident that his experience will allow the company to achieve its top objectives of margin expansion and brand growth. We congratulate Mike on his new position and look forward to his leadership role at Farmland,” said Richter.

Brown graduated from the University of Missouri in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and joined Swift and Company as a sales representative in Kansas City. Swift was later acquired by ConAgra Foods, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in sales and general management of various business channels and distribution.

Smithfield Foods is a pork processor and hog producer, with revenues exceeding $11 billion in fiscal 2010.

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