Lampkin Butts, president and chief operating officer of Sanderson Farms, has been elected chairman of the National Chicken Council.

Bill Lovette, president and CEO of Pilgrim’s, took office as vice chairman, and Michael Helgeson, chief executive officer of GNP Company, became secretary-treasurer. The new officers were installed during the recent NCC Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Members of the executive committee and board of directors, as well as directors-at-large, were also announced. Elected to one-year terms on the executive committee were:

  • Lampkin Butts, Sanderson Farms
  • Alan Duncan, Mountaire Corporation
  • Ron Foster, Foster Farms
  • Ben Harrison, Jr., Amick Farms LLC
  • Michael Helgeson, GNP Company
  • Mark Hickman, Peco Foods
  • Mark Kaminsky, Koch Foods
  • Bernard Leonard, Tyson Foods
  • Bill Lovette, Pilgrim’s
  • Elton Maddox, Wayne Farms LLC
  • Jim Perdue, Perdue Farms
  • Don Taber, House of Raeford

Elected to three-year terms on the board of directors were:

  • William Andersen, Keystone Foods
  • Robin Burruss, Tip Top Poultry
  • Joe DePippo, Hain Pure Protein Corporation
  • Alan Duncan, Mountaire Corporation
  • Ron Foster, Foster Farms
  • Carl George, George’s Inc.
  • Mark Hickman, Peco Foods
  • Robert Johnson, House of Raeford
  • Mark Kaminsky, Koch Foods
  • Bernard Leonard, Tyson Foods
  • Mike Roberts, Perdue Farms
  • Joe Sanderson, Jr., Sanderson Farms
  • Thomas Shelton, Case Foods
  • Jerry Wilson, Pilgrim’s

Elected to one-year terms as directors-at-large were:

  • Steve Anderson, Lamex Foods
  • Mark Barnes, Hubbard LLC
  • Aidan Joseph Connolly, AllTech Biotechnology
  • Michael Cooper, Kincannon & Reed
  • Karl Deily, Cryovac Sealed Air Corporation
  • Dr. Edward Fryar, OMP Foods
  • Eric Buckman, U.S. Bank
  • Mark Moshier, Arrowsight
  • Shawn Nicholas, Baader Johnson
  • Dr. Rick Phillips, Merck Animal Health
  • Alan Schuler, CoBank
  • Daniel Siegler, Ecolab