Smithfield Foods announces Management Changes

by Editor
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Smithfield Foods, Inc. named George H. Richter president and chief operating officer of its pork group, a new position, effective April 28. The presidents of Smithfield Foods’ five pork processing companies will report to him. Smithfield’s domestic pork sales this year will exceed $9 billion.

A 34-year veteran of the pork industry, Mr. Richter has spent his entire career with Farmland. He has served as president of Farmland Foods, Inc. since Smithfield acquired the company in October 2003. Previously, he was president of the pork division of Farmland Industries and a member of the senior management council.

In other actions, Joseph W. Luter IV, currently president of Smithfield Packing Company, will become an executive vice president of Smithfield Foods and will concentrate on sales and marketing. Mr. Luter has served in several positions within Smithfield Foods since 1993.

James C. Sbarro will become president of Farmland. Mr. Sbarro has 25 years of experience in the food industry and has been senior vice president of sales, marketing, research and development at Farmland since 1999.

Tim Schellpeper, senior vice president of operations at Farmland, will become president of Smithfield Packing Company. A 21-year veteran in the pork industry, Mr. Schellpeper has been with Farmland for 17 years.