Hormel Foods, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, announced the appointment of Katie Larson as senior vice president of human resources. Larson assumes responsibility for leading the global human resources function at the company, bringing more than 20 years of experience in human resources leadership at Hormel Foods. Larson will continue the world-class employer philosophy at Hormel Foods, leading business-focused people strategies. Hormel Foods employs more than 20,000 team members around the globe and has been recognized as a World's Best Employer by Forbes.
"For more than 20 years, Katie has been an instrumental driver of human resources strategy and programs at Hormel Foods," said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods. "She has in-depth knowledge of our people and our uncommon culture, deep understanding of the importance of a people-first strategy and an unwavering dedication to our team members who work in our manufacturing facilities globally. Katie demonstrated incredible leadership during the pandemic, with a clear focus on safety first for our global team. Congratulations to Katie on this well-deserved promotion."
Larson most recently served as director of human resources for Hormel Foods, with oversight of the company's global human resources function and human capital strategy. She joined Hormel Foods in 1999 and has held leadership roles in labor and employee relations, human resources services, diversity and inclusion and organizational development. Prior to joining Hormel Foods, Larson was director of human resources for a public utility and led human resources for a municipality.
Larson received her bachelor's degree in public administration from Winona State University and her master's degree in urban and regional studies from Mankato State University. Larson is active in women's leadership initiatives as well as other community organizations.