Butterball COO Brown named Seaboard Foods president, CEO

Peter Brown has been hired as the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Seaboard Foods LLC.

Butterball Peter Brown

Peter Brown has been hired as the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Seaboard Foods LLC.

Brown is to succeed Seaboard Foods' current President, Darwin "Duke" Sand, who has announced that he will be retiring, effective January 1, 2021. 

Brown brings to Seaboard Foods more than 30 years of executive leadership experience from many different levels of procurement, manufacturing, commercial distribution, and customer support, within varying protein types in both the retail and foodservice marketplaces.

As CEO, Brown will work collaboratively to drive results and have direct responsibility for all of the company's operations. His focus will include aligning Seaboard Foods' strategy and strategic company priorities with leadership, customers, data and analytics, people and ultimately results.  Brown will also be an executive champion in driving Seaboard Foods' culture, including inclusion and continuous improvement.

"Peter's broad background in all facets of the protein industry means he has successfully solved some of our industries biggest challenges. We're incredibly fortunate to tap into his experience and expertise in utilizing Lean manufacturing and management principles to collaboratively drive results," Seaboard Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Steer said in a press release. "Peter has a proven track record of turning strategy into actions and leveraging the skills of existing talent to build high-performing teams."

Prior to joining Seaboard Foods, Brown held various leadership positions in operations and sales during his career in the protein industry. He was most recently serving as chief operating officer of Butterball, the largest turkey company in the United States. Seaboard owns a 50% non-controlling stake in Butterball. Prior to Brown’s tenure with Butterball, he was president and chief operating officer at High Liner Foods, a global seafood company.

Brown holds a bachelor of science degree in food science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. In addition, he is a member of various industry boards and organizations supporting sustainability, regulatory and legislative initiatives.

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