Smithfield Foods announces new executive team

Published 5:34 pm Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Smithfield Foods has appointed seven people to new executive leadership roles in the company.

Russ Dokken is chief sales officer, responsible for aligning sales, marketing, product innovation and business management initiatives. He’s held multiple leadership positions in the company. Dokken began his career in 1986 with John Morrell Food Group, a former independent operating company, where he held various positions in sales until it was acquired by Smithfield Foods in 1995.

Keira Lombardo assumes expanded responsibility as chief administrative officer and will lead the company’s administrative operations, including corporate communications, external affairs, government affairs, human resources, investor relations, legal and sustainability functions. She joined Smithfield Foods in 2002 and has worked in a number of capacities for the company, including in corporate affairs, compliance, investor relations and corporate communications.

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Glenn Nunziata continues in his role as chief financial officer and leads the finance, accounting, treasury, tax, risk management and IT functions. He is also the principal accounting officer. Nunziata joined Smithfield as chief financial officer in 2015. He has extensive experience in finance, capital markets, operational analysis, internal control and corporate governance.

Scott Saunders is chief supply chain officer, with responsibility over the company’s entire vertically integrated domestic supply chain. His previous roles at Smithfield include executive vice president, U.S. supply chain, and president, fresh pork division. He has more than 30 years of experience in the food industry.

Shane Smith is now chief strategy officer and helps develop, execute and sustain the company’s efforts to achieve growth through its own resources, as well as through mergers and acquisitions. Smith also continues to oversee the company’s European operations, including expansion into new markets, mergers and acquisitions and capital investments in Smithfield’s businesses. He joined Smithfield Foods in 2003.

Brady Stewart is chief manufacturing officer and is directly responsible for Smithfield’s strategy implementation across the more than 500 company-owned farms and 45 production facilities in the United States, while overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company’s entire vertically integrated domestic business. He joined Smithfield in 2017 as vice president and general manager of Kansas City Sausage Company and Pine Ridge Farms when Smithfield acquired the companies.

Joe Weber is now chief commodity hedging officer, responsible for commodity hedging activities and research, and analysis of economic factors that impact business. In addition, he manages the price and cost risks associated with commodity inputs and leads Smithfield’s hog procurement efforts. He joined Smithfield Foods in 1994 and most recently served as executive vice president, growth and emerging business.

Dennis Organ became Smithfield’s president and CEO in November. All of the executive leaders report directly to him. In a Jan. 7 announcement, he said the new leadership team “will carry our company forward.”

The company also announced that five people have new positions with the company as executive vice presidents in support of the senior leadership team. They are Luis Cerdan, who will be responsible for the profitability of the company’s European operations; Jamie Dik, who will oversee domestic and international sales and business management for the company’s fresh meat portfolio and be responsible for achieving revenue and profit goals and Steve France, who is responsible for Smithfield’s packaged meats and value-added fresh sales, with accountability for revenue and profit goals across all trade channels, along with leading the company’s marketing and innovation teams.

Rounding out this team are Mark Hall, as executive vice president of finance, who is now responsible for financial planning and analysis, operations and logistics finance, data analytics and project and capital management, and John Sargent, who was appointed executive vice president of Smithfield’s U.S. hog production operations which encompass about 530 company-owned and 2,100 contract farms in 15 states that produce about 18 million hogs annually.

Finally, the company announced the retirement of four leaders: Dhamu Thamodaran, executive vice president, chief strategy officer and chief commodity hedging officer; John Pauley, chief commercial officer of packaged meats; Bill Michels, senior vice president of operations, packaged meats; and Michael Cole, senior advisor to the chief executive officer and corporate secretary.