Todd Simmons, CEO of Simmons Foods in Siloam Springs, AR, was installed as 2015-2016 chairman of the National Chicken Council (NCC) during its 61st Annual Conference held on Oct. 29 in Washington, DC.

He began working at Simmons in 1990 and joined the management team in 1994, after graduating from Georgetown University. A third generation leader of the company, Simmons was promoted to CEO and vice chairman in 2012 and served as COO of the Poultry and Pet Food divisions for the previous six years. Simmons is also on the executive committee and board of the Pet Food Institute. Hewas named "Industry Leader of the Year" by The Poultry Federation in 2015.


Vice chairman for 2015-2016 is Mike Popowycz, vice chairman and CFO at Case Foods, headquartered in Troutman, NC.

Popowycz joined the Ohio Division of Case Foods in 1987 as corporate controller. He has served as CFO, vice chairman and corporate treasurer. Popowycz was elected to the Case Foods board of directors in 2005 and to the NCC board in June 2012. Previously, Popowycz spent two years with Bell Atlantic Corporation and seven years with Perdue Farms Incorporated. He received a B.A. in Accounting from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.