Pilgrim's Pride promotes Wright to COO

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation announced that Robert A. Wright has been promoted to chief operating officer.

Wright previously served as executive vice president of sales and marketing, a position he had held since June 2004. He succeeds J. Clinton Rivers, who was promoted to president and chief executive officer earlier this month.

Pilgrim's Pride also announced an organisational realignment designed to enhance customer service, product quality, teamwork and communications. Under the new structure, four senior division vice presidents will have overall responsibility for sales, operations and quality assurance in their respective lines of business: case ready, fresh foodservice, supply operations and prepared foods.

Those four senior executives, in turn, will report to Wright.

Wright joined Pilgrim's Pride in October 2003 as executive vice president of the company's turkey division after serving as president of Butterball Turkey Co. for five years. Prior to leading Butterball, he held various leadership positions at Cargill, Inc.