Pilgrim's has selected Mark Chranowski, a seasoned operations executive with 37 years of industry experience, to lead its commercial business unit in the newly created role of general manager.

Chranowski will oversee the company's eight commercial operations, including poultry processing complexes in Nacogdoches, TexasRussellville, Alabama; Mt. Pleasant, Texas (east plant); Broadway, Virginia; Marshville, North Carolina; Sanford, North Carolina; Sumter, South Carolina; and Douglas, Georgia. He will report to Jayson Penn, executive vice president of sales and operations.

In his new role, Chranowski will lead Pilgrim's largest business unit, leveraging his considerable experience to enhance operational efficiencies and service the company's domestic and international retail and foodservice customer base.

Mark Chranowski a seasoned poultry industry leader


Chranowski previously served as vice president of processing operations for Mountaire Farms, a large vertically integrated poultry processor in the U.S. Throughout his career, Chranowski has enjoyed several roles at leading companies, with management responsibilities including live and plant operations, sales, quality assurance, human resources, purchasing, distribution, rendering, and engineering. His experience includes positions with Tyson Foods, ConAgraRocco Farm Foods and Cargill Poultry.

"Pilgrim's is fortunate to have the opportunity to add a proven leader, industry veteran and operational expert to our team," Penn said. "Throughout his career, Mark has demonstrated the ability to build strong teams and drive operational improvements that lead to increased profitability and customer satisfaction. We are confident that our commercial business will reach new heights under his leadership."

Chranowski earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science from Delaware Valley College.