AUSTIN, Minn. – James Hoffman, vice president of Hormel Foods International Corporation (HFIC) for the Americas, is retiring effective Jan. 27, 2012.

“Jim’s leadership and expertise in managing the Americas business has allowed us to grow the presence of our products,” said Richard Bross, group vice president at Hormel Foods and president of HFIC. “We wish Jim and his wife, Pam, the best in retirement.”

Hoffman began his career Hormel Foods in 1975 in accounting, where he held various positions before becoming the vice president and controller of Farm Fresh Catfish (FFC) (Hollandale, Miss.) in 1984. In 1990, he rejoined the accounting group at the Hormel Foods Corporate Office (Austin, Minn.) as manager of cost accounting, and in 1994 returned to FFC as president and chief operating officer. He assumed the position of general manager of the Americas for HFIC in 2000 and advanced to his current position in 2001.

Maureen Lilly is succeeding Hoffman as vice president of HFIC for the Americas. She will oversee the sales and marketing of consumer products and foodservice for Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and South America. Lilly joined Hormel in 2003 as the HFIC international sales and marketing manager for Canada. She will assume her new role on Jan. 30, 2012.