CELAYA, MEXICO — Poultry and pork producer Industrias Bachoco announced on Jan. 26 that Ernesto Salmon Castelo will be the company’s next chief executive officer, succeeding Rodolfo Ramos Arvizu who will retire from the position April 17.

“I would like to thank Rodolfo for his commitment, work and dedication to the company during these forty-three years,” said Javier R. Bours, chairman of the board of the meat processor, which is the parent company of OK Foods.

“Under his leadership, the company achieved not only to be an international player but also to make solid steps towards being an important multiprotein player in Mexico. With no doubt, he leaves a solid company ready to become a top competitor worldwide.”

Ramos started working at the company in 1980 and held the CEO role since Nov. 2010. While at Bachoco, he served as technical director starting in 1992. Before that he also held several positions, from poultry management to egg quality control training program, along with other roles.

Salmon joined Bachoco in 1991. During his career at the company, he has held sales, operations and supply chain positions. His latest position was Mexico operations director. Salmon holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnologico de Sonora.

The company said Salmon’s appointment ensures the continuity of operations and strategies. Also, Bachoco wants to capitalize on Salmon’s knowledge and experience at the company to position it as an international player in the multi-protein industry.