SMITHFIELD, Va. – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Smithfield Foods’ Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Keira Lombardo, to serve on the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide.

The panel is charged with developing solutions to childhood hunger in Virginia, promoting the Commonwealth's agriculture economy and supporting local programs related to community nutrition, food access and health strategies.

"I am honored to work with this public-private partnership that is tasked with helping to ensure that all of Virginia's children and families have access to nutritional food and healthy lifestyles," Lombardo said. "Those have been two of my company's chief goals."

Lombardo served as vice president of investor relations and corporate communications before transitioning to vice president of investor relations and public communications for WH Group, Smithfield's parent company based in Hong Kong.