Senior management changes made at Smithfield

by Bryan Salvage
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SMITHFIELD, VA. ―
Smithfield Foods Inc. named George H. Richter president and chief operating officer of its pork group, a newly created position. The presidents of Smithfield Foods' five pork processing companies will report to him.

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

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 of the pork industry, Mr. Schellpeper has been with Farmland for 17 years.

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.

"I am very pleased with these changes, for they strengthen our overall management team. In addition, this positions us to better manage our large domestic base of business," said C. Larry Pope, Smithfield Foods president and chief executive officer. "These managers will help in the coordination of the pork subsidiaries to better serve our continually-growing retail and food service customers. There are big opportunities across the organization to improve our operations and financial performance."

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