Hormel Foods recently announced the upcoming retirements of Larry Lyons, senior VP of human resources, and of Bryan Farnsworth, senior VP of supply chain.
As a result, Mark Coffey will assume the role of VP of supply chain, and Mark Morey will become VP of affiliated business units in Refrigerated Foods.
“Congratulations to both Larry and Bryan on their retirements. We greatly appreciate their leadership and dedication over the years and wish each of them the best,” said Jim Snee, president and CEO. “In addition, I’d like to congratulate Mark Coffey and Mark Morey on their new roles. We look forward to their leadership and expertise in these areas.”
Coffey, currently VP of affiliated business units in Refrigerated Foods, began his career with Hormel Foods in 1985 as a relief foreman at the company’s former Ottumwa (Iowa) facility. He held various relief foreman and foreman positions at the Austin, Minn., plant, the former Dallas (Texas) facility and the Atlanta plant (Tucker, Ga.), before becoming the supervisor of sausage and cured and smoked meats at the Atlanta plant in 1989. Two years later, he moved to the Corporate Office (Austin, Minn.) as the product manufacturing manager for cured and smoked meats, followed by the product manufacturing manager for fresh sausage and linear programs in 1993. From 1995 to 2011, Coffey worked as plant manager for the former Houston (Texas) facility, Dold Foods (Wichita, Kan.), Osceola (Iowa) Food, Fremont (Neb.) plant and then the Austin plant. He assumed his current role in 2011.
Morey is former president of the company’s previous Farmer John (Vernon, Calif.) business. He began his career as a meat products sales representative in Dallas (Texas) in 1993 and the same year became a territory manager in Minneapolis (Minn.). In 1994, Morey became a meat products product manager at the company’s former Dubuque (Iowa) Foods facility and in 1995, became a regional foodservice sales manager for Dubuque Foods in Boston (Ma.). In 1998, he returned to the Corporate Office as the product manager of fresh pork. Two years later, Morey became the director of marketing, Precept Foods, and in 2006 became a group product manager in meat products. In 2008, he advanced to director of fresh meats marketing and general manager of Precept Foods. Morey moved to president of Dan’s Prize in 2009 then president of Farmer John in 2015.
Lyons joined Hormel Foods in 1978 as an industrial engineering trainee at the company’s former Fort Dodge (Iowa) plant. In 1981, he became a compensation analyst at the Corporate Office and later became the industrial relations supervisor. In 1988, he transferred to the Beloit (Wis.) plant in the role of manager of personnel and purchasing. Lyons became the corporate manager of safety and security at the Corporate Office in 1993, followed by other human resources roles including manager of employee relations and director of personnel, until being named director of human resources in 2006. He assumed his current role in 2014.
In 1981, Farnsworth began his career with Hormel Foods at the Fremont plant. He held a variety of quality and process control positions at the Fremont plant, Corporate Office, Austin plant, Beloit plant and at Jennie-O Turkey Store. He gained plant manager experience in 1995 at Jennie-O Turkey Store Willmar (Minn.) and Montevideo (Minn.) facilities, and moved back to the Corporate Office in 1996 as director of quality management. Farnsworth advanced to VP of quality management in 2005 and assumed his current role in 2014.