Pierre Foods has appointed Dean Hollis and Margaret Cannella as new members of its board of directors.

Hollis was formerly the president and CEO of ConAgra Foods' consumer foods and international division.

Cannella currently serves as the global head of credit research and US corporate strategy at JPMorgan.

The addition of Hollis and Cannella expands Pierre's board from three directors to five directors.

"Dean and Margaret are highly qualified directors who have proven their leadership in the food and financial industry, respectively," said Pierre CEO Bill Toler.

"We believe that Dean's experience and track record operating the largest segment of the ConAgra Foods portfolio will greatly contribute to the long-term growth aspects of our strategic plan. Margaret's experience in the financial markets as well as her tenure as a food industry analyst represent a resource that given our current economic environment, is invaluable to any board of directors."