Jim Perdue will continue as chairman and company spokesman.

SALISBURY, Md. – Perdue Farms has announced the promotion of Randy Day to the position of CEO, effective immediately. Day has served as COO since May 2016. Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, has been chairman and CEO of the company since 1991. Perdue will continue to serve as chairman and company brand spokesperson.

Day is the fourth CEO in the company’s nearly 100-year history. He will also serve on the company’s board of directors.

Randy Day, Perdue Farms COO

“Randy has done an outstanding job as chief operating officer over the past year, and he has my trust and the trust of our leadership team in this new role,” Perdue said. “Randy has more than 36 years of experience in our company, with deep knowledge of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. He has proven himself to be a business leader who understands the importance of disciplined execution of our strategies and attention to competitive position and financial stewardship. He has a deep respect for — and lives — our values. Randy embraces and drives change, and will provide the strategic leadership to make sure Perdue Farms remains innovative, relevant and trusted as we move into our next century.”

Starting in February 2015, Day served as president of Perdue Foods. He joined Perdue Farms in 1980 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility in Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness.

A native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Day received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Western Maryland College, and earned a master’s degree in poultry nutrition from the Univ. of Maryland at College Park and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Day has served on the Board of Directors of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, on the Executive Committee of the National Turkey Federation and on the Technical and Regulatory Committee of the National Chicken Council.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the National Chicken Council.