Butterball, the US’s largest turkey producer, has appointed Rod Brenneman as the company’s new chief executive officer.
After an extensive search, the company came back to its first and number one candidate, who has been filling the role as interim CEO and is already familiar with the organisation.
“I am pleased to welcome Rod to the helm of Butterball, and I look forward to utilising his valuable knowledge and vision in corporate leadership to continue to build the Butterball brand,” said Walter Pelletier, president of Maxwell Farms, LLC, which shares equal ownership of Butterball with Seaboard Corporation. “As one of America’s most recognized and respected brands, our number one priority is to produce the highest quality of healthy, wholesome turkey products for consumers. Rod will provide instrumental strategic corporate insight to strengthen Butterball’s business operations while helping the company maintain committed to its core goals.”
Brenneman brings a wealth of corporate experience in both the pork and poultry industries to the Butterball team. In his role as chief executive officer at Butterball, Brenneman will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Butterball’s business strategy and operations.
Prior to joining Butterball, Brenneman had been at Seaboard Corporation since 1989 – serving in various financial management capacities throughout his tenure including director of tax and business development; vice president, finance and administration; senior vice president, live production; and most recently, as president and chief executive officer of Seaboard Foods. Throughout his time at Seaboard Corporation, Brenneman was involved in many of the company’s acquisitions and joint ventures, and was instrumental in building the company from its start-up to be one of the top hog production and pork processing companies in the United States.