Dennis Treacy, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer of Smithfield Foods, intends to retire from the company, effective December 31, 2016. Until his retirement, Treacy will serve full-time as president of the Smithfield Foundation, the nonprofit organization that acts as the philanthropic wing of Smithfield. Keira Lombardo, currently senior vice president of corporate affairs, will assume all of Treacy's responsibilities in the areas of sustainability, government affairs, communications and "people" on January 1, 2016.

"Dennis has been an invaluable member of the Smithfield family for the past 14 years and his efforts have enabled Smithfield to set the standard for sustainability in our industry," said C. Larry Pope, Smithfield CEO. "I want to thank Dennis for his many contributions and dedication to Smithfield, as well as his friendship. The Smithfield family congratulates him on his role with the Smithfield Foundation and wishes him all the best in his retirement."

Pope continued, "Keira has played an important role in Smithfield's ongoing success since 2002 and I am thrilled to recognize her achievements by having her assume these critical new responsibilities. I look forward to working closely with her in this new capacity as we continue to drive growth, transition to ‘One Smithfield' and provide ‘Good food. Responsibly.'"

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Stewart Leeth, currently vice president of regulatory affairs and sustainability for the company, will assume the role of chief sustainability officer on January 1, 2016. Leeth joined Smithfield Foods in 2008 and, prior to assuming his current role, held the position of Assistant Vice President for Environmental and Corporate Affairs and Senior Counsel.

Treacy commented, "Smithfield's continuation of the role of chief sustainability officer underscores the company's ongoing commitment to sustainability, and ensures that these programs will continue to evolve and improve over time. At Smithfield, we have always said that sustainability is a journey, and while I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished, we will always have more work to do. As experienced leaders, I am extremely confident in Keira and Stewart's ability to carry out this work."

In addition to serving as president of the Smithfield Foundation, Treacy will continue to perform select government affairs and sustainability duties, including his work as a member of the company's Public Affairs and Sustainability Committee. He will also represent Smithfield with several external organizations and associations throughout 2016.