DES MOINES — The National Pork Board has announced senior leadership changes as part of the first major restructuring in nearly 20 years.
The new plan was developed with input from across the industry, including more than 1,000 pork producers. To deliver on the expectations of pork industry leaders for “nimbleness and forward-thinking,” the National Pork Board has restructured staff teams, according to a news release from the group.
“We have our marching orders — to move at the speed of business and to be consumer-focused, producer-led. That is how we will keep pork relevant and competitive,” said Bill Even, National Pork Board CEO. “These changes align highly capable leaders and staff with the work that must be done, such as making continuous improvement through We Care and protecting swine health from foreign animal disease.”
Highlights of the changes include:
- Jerry Flint, who has served as vice president of outreach and engagement for the National Pork Board since August 2019, is assuming the role of chief operations officer. Prior to joining the Pork Board, Flint held leadership roles at Corteva Agriscience and Monsanto.
- John Johnson is transitioning to consultant status as of Feb. 14 after more than 10 years serving the National Pork Board as vice president of strategic administration and as chief operations officer. In his new capacity, Johnson will conduct outreach in the Northeast about pork farmers’ commitment to the We Care ethical principles.
- Jarrod Sutton, the previous vice president of domestic marketing, is now senior vice president of strategy and innovation. The 20-year Pork Board veteran has served the industry in retail marketing, channel marketing and social responsibility roles. In his new position, Sutton’s team will help the Pork Board “rise to the challenge of being more future-focused, insight-driven and responsive to customers.”
- Angie Krieger has been promoted to vice president of domestic marketing after nearly three years with the National Pork Board in packer relations and channel outreach roles. Krieger joined the Pork Board from JBS and had previously spent 14 years at Cargill. As a result, she is in tune with the supply chain.
- Brett Kaysen is the new vice president of sustainability. Kaysen joined the National Pork Board nearly two years ago from Zoetis. Kaysen was a pig farmer who also spent more than 16 years teaching at Colorado State University.
- Dave Pyburn, DVM, as the National Pork Board’s chief veterinarian, will lead a team of veterinarians and swine production experts. Pyburn rejoined the Pork Board in 2013 after 13 years as the senior veterinary medical officer at the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This new focus will allow Pyburn to leverage his experience and relationships to help protect the U.S. pork industry from foreign animal disease.
- Jill Criss is now senior vice president of human resources and administration. Criss has provided human resources/operations services and leadership to the National Pork Board for more than 16 years. Criss will be on the front lines of hiring and training the staff needed to implement the new strategic plan as well as ensuring internal administrative processes are streamlined.
“In short, we’re ready and excited to be starting 2020 and the new decade with a new vision, a few clear priorities and the resources — people, budget and organizational structure — to accomplish them,” Even said.