James Snee, COO, Hormel Foods

James Snee, COO, Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods has promoted James Snee, the head of its international business, to the positions of president and chief operating officer.

Snee succeeds Jeffrey Ettinger who has served as president since 2004. Ettinger will continue to serve as the company's chairman and CEO.

In his new role, Snee will oversee all of the company's business segments and global operations including grocery products, refrigerated foods, specialty foods, Jennie-O Turkey Store and international, and will continue to report to Ettinger.

Snee joined Hormel Foods in 1989 in the foodservice division and served in various positions within the group before being named manager of inventory and distribution for the refrigerated foods segment in 1995. He was promoted to foodservice area manager and foodservice regional sales manager in 1996 and 1998, respectively. Snee was named director of purchasing in 2006 and vice president of affiliated business units in 2008. In 2011, he advanced to senior vice president of Hormel Foods International and assumed his current position, group vice president, Hormel Foods and president, Hormel Foods International Corp.  in 2012.

"Jim's vast experience in both our core businesses and our emerging growth markets internationally position him exceptionally well to take on the additional responsibilities of president and chief operating officer," said Ettinger. "Jim is a strong leader and has my confidence and the trust of our board. Under Jim's direction, the international segment has delivered double-digit sales and earnings growth, expanded its global footprint, and driven impressive growth of our operations in China."