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Hunt for New CEO Key Aim at Pork Industry Forum

by 5m Editor
28 February 2008, at 12:19pm

US - The search for a new chief executive officer is top of the agenda for the National Pork Board during its meeting at the next Pork Industry Forum, on 5-4 March 2008

The gathering, in St. Louis, Missouri, is part of the US pork industry’s annual meeting, will discuss who will take over from Steve Murphy, who resigned his post in January.

Board President Lynn Harrison, has appointed a working group to review the organisation’s committee structure and to begin working on the selection process. The board will hear that committee’s report at a workshop planned during the Forum on March.

The session is designed to give board members an opportunity to determine roles and responsibilities of the board, its committees and its staff as well as to examine relationships between the three groups.

Professional Review

Harrison said he and other board members have been reviewing professional search firms that could be hired to help in the process and exploring the make-up of a producer-led search committee. He said that he expects to name the search committee during the March meeting and that the board likely will select a search firm. Harrison said Murphy has agreed to remain on the job until his successor is selected.

Also during the workshop, board members will begin to discuss the expertise and leadership characteristics it will seek as it looks for a new chief executive. The morning session will not be open to the public.

After the workshop, the board will convene its regular business meetings. In addition to reviewing committee reports and final plans for the Pork Act Delegate meeting, the board will also meet with directors from the National Pork Producers Council and with Patrick Boyle, president of the American Meat Institute. It also expects to finalise the 2009 planning process and to review a third-party examination of Pork Checkoff-funded research projects.

5m Editor