Seaboard Foods names new president, CEO

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. – Terry Holton has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Seaboard Foods LLC, announced parent company Seaboard Corporation. Holton succeeds Rod Brenneman, who was named president and CEO of Butterball LLC in September. Seaboard Corporation owns a 50-percent non-controlling voting interest in Butterball in partnership with Maxwell Farms LLC.

Garnering more than 30 years of pork-industry experience, Holton is a 17-year Seaboard Foods veteran. He was instrumental in leading the company from a start-up operation in the mid-1990s to a leading integrated food company producing and selling premium pork domestically and throughout the world.

"Terry brings with him a wealth of knowledge about the pork industry and has played an integral role in the success of Seaboard Foods,” iterated Steve Bresky, president and chief executive officer of Seaboard Corporation.

In 1994, Holton joined Seaboard Foods as vice president of processor sales prior to the company's Guymon, Okla., pork processing plant opening. He also played a key role in developing customer-driven products. His responsibilities expanded as the company grew to oversight of international, retail and food service sales and marketing. Most recently, he was Seaboard Foods senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Sales during Holton's tenure have grown to more than $1.3 billion per year. The company has also expanded its business in both retail and food service, and introduced the PrairieFresh Premium Pork brand and the PrairieFresh Prime Cook-in Bag product line. Seaboard Foods added bacon processing and processed meats sales with the 2005 purchase of Daily's Premium Meats.

Gary Louis was named executive vice president of Seaboard Foods and will report to Holton with leadership responsibilities for live operations and business services. He was previously vice president of integrated business strategies. Duke Sand, former vice president of international sales, was promoted to senior vice president of sales and marketing.

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