WASHINGTON – Bryan Humphreys, a pork industry veteran who has worked in multiple roles during his career, was named as the next chief executive officer of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), effective Dec. 21. Humphreys will succeed Neil Dierks, who announced his retirement plans earlier this year.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead NPPC as its CEO and continue the great work Mr. Dierks has done on behalf of America’s pork producers,” Humphreys said.

Humphreys was previously an employee with the NPPC and served as senior vice president of the National Pork Board. Prior to that role he was the executive vice president of the Ohio Pork Council. After growing up on his family’s farm in Iowa, Humphreys attended Iowa State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree and went on to earn a master’s degree from George Washington University.

Jen Sorenson, NPPC president, said Humphreys has earned the respect of NPPC members.

“For years, Bryan has been seen as a leader in the industry,” Sorenson said. “His strategic thinking and unique experiences embody the type of leadership we, as an industry, need to guide us through challenging times ahead. On behalf of the board of directors, we are thrilled to welcome Bryan to the team.”

Humphreys added that he is ready to take the torch from Dierks and move the association forward.

“This role is not one to take lightly. As CEO, I will strive to advance the industry and protect producers’ freedom to operate through innovative strategies and new partnerships,” he said. “I look forward to working alongside producers, stakeholders, state associations and the entire team at NPPC to make a lasting impact for farmers across the country. Together, we will build a coalition that is stronger than ever.”