SMITHFIELD, VA. — Shane Smith has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods, Inc. He succeeds Dennis Organ, who is stepping down for personal reasons.

Mr. Smith has been with Smithfield since 2003, most recently as chief strategy officer since November 2020, where he helped develop, execute and sustain the company’s efforts to achieve growth through its own resources, as well as through mergers and acquisitions. He oversaw the company’s hog farming operations, as well as Smithfield Renewables, the platform that unifies Smithfield’s carbon reduction initiatives.

 Earlier, he was executive vice president of European operations.  In this capacity, he spent much of the last decade in Europe, overseeing the company’s operations, capital investments, expansion into new markets, and mergers and acquisitions abroad. Mr. Smith’s extensive experience with both Smithfield’s European and US businesses is…

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