Seaboard Corporation, the US pork processor, has appointed Robert Steer as its new CEO, replacing Steven Bresky who died earlier this month.

The company, a diversified business with interests ranging from sugar production to transportation which processes pork through its subsidiary Seaboard Foods, has also made a number of other executive appointments.

Steer, who also becomes the company’s president, is currently executive vice president and chief financial officer at Seaboard, positions he has held since 2011. He has been with the company for more than 35 years serving in various capacities. Steer will also continue to serve as CFO until a successor is identified and appointed.

Meanwhile, Ellen Bresky has been appointed as a director and chairperson of the board, filling the vacancy previously held by her late husband Steven.

The board has also appointed Douglas Baena, who is currently an independent director and chairman of the audit committee, to be lead director, with responsibility to act as liaison between the board and company management.

Kansas-headquartered Seaboard also announced the board elected Jack Bresky, son of Steve and Ellen Bresky, to the office of vice president-business development. He has been with Seaboard more than seven years.

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In a joint statement, Ms Bresky and Baena said: “We are confident that these appointments will provide continuity for Seaboard’s businesses and will enable Seaboard to continue the legacy of the late Mr. Bresky, Seaboard’s former president/CEO.”