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Jennie-O Turkey Store has promoted Chuck Meath to the position of senior vice president of its retail division. | Jennie-O Turkey Store
on October 5, 2016

Jennie-O Turkey Store plans leadership changes

Barry Lynch will retire as senior vice president of turkey company’s retail division, while Chuck Meath and Jennifer Johnson prepare to assume new roles

Barry Lynch, senior vice president of the retail division of Jennie-O Turkey Store, plans to retire in January 2017.  As a result, effective October 31, Charles (Chuck) Meath, vice president of the deli division for Jennie-O Turkey Store will advance to the position of senior vice president of the retail division for the Hormel Foods subsidiary.

Jennifer S. Johnson, director of sales & marketing for deli for Hormel Foods will advance to the position of vice president of the deli division for Jennie-O Turkey Store effective October 31 and will eventually relocate to the Willmar area.

“I’d like congratulate Barry for his pending retirement and great service and results, Chuck for succeeding Barry, and Jennifer for taking Chuck's place.  Chuck and Jennifer are clearly embodying the Cultural Belief of ‘Challenging Yourself!’  They will both contribute greatly to the continued success of Jennie-O Turkey Store,” said Glenn Leitch, president of Jennie-O Turkey Store.

Barry Lynch’s service at Hormel Foods

Lynch is a Georgia native and began his career with Jennie-O Turkey Store in 1990 as a regional sales manager in Atlanta. He became the director sales East in 1994 and national accounts director in 1997.  In 2002, he assumed the role of vice president of sales – Retail Business Unit at the headquarters in Willmar, Minnesota. 

Lynch was at Hormel’s Farmer John’s subsidiary from 2007 – 2011 as the senior vice president of sales and marketing and returned to Willmar in 2011 as the senior vice president of the retail division at Jennie-O Turkey Store.

Chuck Meath a longtime leader with Jennie-O Turkey Store

Meath began his career with Jennie-O Turkey Store in 1990 as the assistant commodity sales manager and subsequently held the positions of commodity sales manager, director of commodity sales; director of commodity and international sales; vice president of industrial, international and commodity sales; vice president of branded whole turkeys; and vice president of retail and commodity sales. 

In 2015, he moved into his current role as the vice president of the deli division. Meath has a degree in business management from Winona State University. 

Jennifer Johnson has expertise in Hormel sales, marketing

Johnson began at Hormel Foods in May 1994 just after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.   She has held positions in front line sales, sales management and trade management, as national category sales manager for grocery products brands and brand manager (Black Label Bacon and Cure 81 Ham) before advancing to director of marketing of the deli brands. She then advanced to director of sales and marketing for deli in April 2016. 

She will assume the position of vice president for the Jennie-O Turkey Store deli business and will eventually relocate to Willmar.  

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