Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, has announced the promotion of Randy Day to chief executive officer, effective immediately. Perdue has been chairman and chief executive officer of Perdue Farms since 1991. He will continue to serve as chairman and company brand spokesperson.

Day joined Perdue Farms in 1980

Day has served as chief operating officer of Perdue Farms since May 2016, and he will also serve on the company’s board of directors.

“Randy has done an outstanding job as chief operating officer over the past year, and he has my trust and the trust of our leadership team in this new role,” said Perdue.

Prior to being named chief operating officer in 2016, Day served as president of Perdue Foods since February 2015. He joined Perdue Farms in 1980 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility in Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness.

“Randy has more than 36 years of experience in our company, with deep knowledge of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. He has proven himself to be a business leader who understands the importance of disciplined execution of our strategies and attention to competitive position and financial stewardship. He has a deep respect for – and lives – our values. Randy embraces and drives change, and will provide the strategic leadership to make sure Perdue Farms remains innovative, relevant and trusted as we move into our next century,” said Perdue.

A Maryland native, Day graduated from Easton High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Western Maryland College. He earned a master’s degree in poultry nutrition from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Day served on the Board of Directors of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, on the Executive Committee of the National Turkey Federation and on the Technical and Regulatory Committee of the National Chicken Council. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the National Chicken Council.

Perdue Farms is the parent company of poultry integrator Perdue Foods and its sister company Perdue AgriBusiness. Perdue Farms is a family owned company that has become one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S., producing 12 million broilers per week, according to WATTAgNet's database of the world's leading broiler, turkey and egg producers.