Baker will lead all of Hormel’s deli brands including Columbus Craft Meats, the Jennie-O Turkey Store deli division, the Hormel and DiLusso deli brands and Hormel Gatherings party trays.
|James Snee, chairman, president and CEO of Hormel Foods|
"The deli space is an on-trend and growing category for today's retailer. In addition to behind-the-glass and grab-and-go deli offerings, we have seen a shift toward more foodservice offerings with growth in prepared foods and in-store restaurants," said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Hormel Foods. "Jeff brings extensive deli knowledge and a strong culture of delivering innovative solutions to our customers and operators from the Hormel Foodservice division. Jeff will be working closely with Joe Ennen, currently president and CEO of Columbus Craft Meats, and other Hormel Foods business leaders, to unite all of our deli offerings into one dynamic organization that will deliver growth for years to come."
Baker has been with Hormel since he joined the sales department in 1990. He held product manager positions for smoked meats and sausage and was named Meat Products district manager in Buffalo, New York, in 2001. In 2002, he was promoted to senior product manager, Meat Products, and became the group product manager for Meat Products by 2005. His career with Hormel continued as he was appointed as director of fresh meats marketing and Precept Foods in 2009, and was named vice president, Foodservice marketing in 2012. He was appointed to his current role in 2015.
Ourada joined Hormel in 1988 as a relief sales and merchandiser in Minneapolis. During his 30-year tenure at the company he has held the roles of territory manager, Foodservice sales representative, Foodservice account manager, Foodservice account executive, Foodservice area manager, Foodservice regional sales manager and finally vice president, Foodservice sales.
"Our Foodservice team has delivered strong, industry-leading growth as they partner with operators to help differentiate their menus with innovative, great-tasting offerings. Mark and David each bring a wealth of experience to this high-growth business and I look forward to continued success under their leadership," Snee said.