FORT SMITH, Ark. – O.K. Foods CEO Paul Fox has resigned his post, but the company remains “close to the vest” as to explaining why he resigned, according to news reports. The company website identifies Trent Goins, formerly senior vice president of sales and marketing, as the new CEO. Former O.K. Industries CEO, Randy Goins, is his father.
Fox joined O.K. Foods in January 2012 after as managing director of Sáo Paulo, Brazil-based Marfrig Group, and president and CEO of Dickinson Frozen Foods for about four years prior to that. He joined Dickinson after working 17-years at Tyson Foods, which included stints as vice president of international operations and vice president of processed meats operations. Goins began his career at O.K. Foods as a management trainee in January 2003 before becoming a regional sales manager in January 2005 for four years. Before joining O.K. Foods, Goins was a legislative assistant for agriculture and trade policy in the office of former US Rep. Marion Berry (D-Gillett).
Celaya, Mexico-based Industrias Bachoco, a major poultry producer, acquired O.K. Foods on Nov. 11, 2011. The acquisition, which was estimated at $93.4 million, resulted in the combined company becoming the third-largest chicken producer in North America.