GARNER, N.C. — Peter B. Brown has been named chief operating officer of Butterball, L.L.C. He succeeds Jay Jandrain, who was promoted to president and chief executive officer in December 2018.
Mr. Brown has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience from different levels of procurement, manufacturing, commercial distribution and customer support for various protein companies in both retail and food service. He previously worked as president and chief operating officer at High Liner Foods, a global seafood company based in New Hampshire. Earlier, he was president of Quantum Foods, L.L.C. and vice-president at Cargill.
In his new role as c.o.o., Mr. Brown will work with the company’s six turkey processing facilities and all operational support function to drive results and manage operations.
Mr. Brown received a bachelor’s degree in food science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. In addition, he is a member of various industry boards and organizations supporting sustainability, regulatory and legislative initiatives.
“Peter’s broad background in all facets of the protein industry means he has successfully solved some of our industry’s biggest challenges,” Mr. Jandrain said. “We’re incredibly fortunate to tap into his experience and expertise in utilizing Lean manufacturing and management principles to collaboratively drive results. Peter has a proven track record of turning strategy into actions and leveraging the skills of existing talent to build high-performing teams.”
Headquartered in Garner, Butterball is the largest producer of turkey products in the United States, producing more than 1 billion lbs. of turkey each year. Butterball products are distributed throughout the United States and in more than 45 countries. Butterball operates six processing plants located in North Carolina, Arkansas and Missouri.