US meat processor Swift & Company has announced the appointment of Sam Rovit, a leading expert in food industry value-creation strategies, as its chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors.

"Sam has provided counsel to many of the biggest and best names in the food industry, including to our own team at Swift," said chairman George Gillett. "He has a deep and diverse background in the protein sector that will enhance the execution of the existing initiatives as well as build for the future."

Rovit is a member of the partnership team at strategy consultants Bain & Company and head of that firm's global mergers and acquisitions practice.

"I am delighted to join Swift & Company's outstanding management team," said Rovit. "Swift has a proud 150-year history of excellence combined with a reputation for innovation in both food safety and new product development. This is an exciting time to be joining this great company and helping it grow, prosper and create value for its customers, investors and employees."