Chris Hodges will leave his position as CEO of the National Pork Board, effective December 31.
The National Pork Board (NPB) will discuss the search process for Hodges’ replacement at its planned board meeting in January. Details of the search process will be finalized and announced following that meeting.
“We appreciate Chris’ contributions and service during his time with the National Pork Board,” the organization stated in a press release.
Hodges, who has had a career in the pork industry that spans more than 30 years, came to the NPB from Smithfield Farmland, where he most recently served as the senior vice president of business development. He also previously served as a board member of the National Pork Producers Council, having been the chairman of its Packer Processor Industry Council.
To ensure a seamless transition, John Johnson, chief operating officer, and the senior management team will continue to oversee the many initiatives currently underway, including implementation of all 2016 program activities.
The NPB will share information on the search process as details are known in the weeks ahead. The goal is to have a new CEO in place as soon as possible to continue the Pork Checkoff’s important work and 2016 plans.