USA, Smithfield. Smithfield Foods announced that Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer, will retire from the company, effective in early 2021, following a four-decade-long career. Dennis Organ, chief operating officer, US operations, will succeed Sullivan as president and chief executive officer upon his retirement.
During his five years as president and chief executive officer, Sullivan delivered record results and led Smithfield through a transformation. Several years of his CEO-ship were devoted to the realization of "One Smithfield," the initiative that unified all Smithfield's operations, brands and more than 55,000 employees globally under one corporate umbrella.
Organ joined Smithfield in 2010 and assumed his current position as chief operating officer, US operations, in 2019. For the past two years, he has overseen the day-to-day operations of the company's entire vertically integrated domestic business, including its more than 40,000 team members across 32 states.