SLEEPY EYE, Minn. – Christensen Farms board of directors announced several board and management changes following the death of Bob Christensen, chief executive officer.

Lynn Christensen was appointed chairman of the board, and Glenn Stolt, who is currently chief financial officer, was named interim CEO. The board also ratified the role of the existing advisory board and added one member, Dr. Tim Loula of the St. Peter, Minn.-based Swine Vet Center.

"While the passing of Bob is a tragic loss not just to Christensen Farms, but the entire pork industry, we are committed to advancing the vision of the organization to be one of the premier pork production companies in the world," said Lynn Christensen. "This is the best thing we can do to honor Bob's legacy."

"Bob has assembled a talented senior management team that is made up of individuals with significant industry experience, combined with others who have brought complementary experience from other businesses," he added. "Under Glenn's leadership, the senior management team is poised to advance the strategic direction of the company while at the same time overseeing day-to-day operations."

Bob Christensen died from an apparent heart attack Nov. 3 in Kansas while hunting with family and friends. He was 51. Christensen Farms is one of the largest pork producers in the United States.