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Hormel Names New CEO as Ettinger to Step Down Next Month

Sept. 7, 2016
Ettinger will continue to serve as chairman of Austin, Minn.-based Hormel’s board.

Hormel Foods Corp., (IW 500/111) the maker of Spam, is getting a new chief executive officer.

Chief Operating Officer James Snee, who has been with the company for almost 30 years, will take over on Oct. 31, the company said in a statement Tuesday. He’ll replace Jeff Ettinger, who has been CEO since November 2006.

Under Ettinger, the company added brands such as Wholly Guacamole, Skippy peanut butter and the supplement drink Muscle Milk.

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“Jeff has expertly piloted the company to significant growth and success,” John Morrison, the lead director on the company’s board, said in the statement. Ettinger will continue to serve as chairman of Austin, Minn.-based Hormel’s board after he steps down on Oct. 30, the company said.

Hormel’s shares were little changed in late trading after the news was announced. The stock has gained 27% in the last 12 months, as of Tuesday’s close.

By Craig Giammona

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