SMITHFIELD, Va. – Smithfield Foods, Inc. has appointed Mark Garrett as the company's “Chief People Officer”. Garret will drive Smithfield’s strategy to improve its work environment and offer employees rewarding careers within the company.

Larry Pope, president and CEO, said Garrett will be responsible for programs that “drive continuous improvement of the work environment across all Smithfield operations.

“He will work closely with employees throughout our entire organization, overseeing employee development, employee engagement and recognition programs, and diversity and inclusion initiatives, among other efforts,” Pope added.

Garrett will divide his time between Kansas City, Mo., and Smithfield, Va. He will oversee employee development at all of Smithfield's locations. Garrett will report to Dennis Treacy, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer.

“I’m excited about the programs and initiatives that Mark will spearhead to make Smithfield Foods a more dynamic workplace with rewarding career paths,” Pope said. “Our focus is on making our employees' daily work more enjoyable and their careers more successful.”