US - Sean M. Connolly is to take over as chief executive officer of ConAgra foods from April.
He will replace Gary M. Rodkin, current CEO of ConAgra Foods.
Mr Connolly, 49, was president and CEO of The Hillshire Brands Company from the time of its formation as an independent company in 2012 to its sale to Tyson Foods in August 2014.
Before Hillshire Brands, Mr Connolly was chief executive officer for Sara Lee North American Retail and Foodservice, as well as president, Campbell Soup North America.
“We are thrilled to have Sean join ConAgra Foods as our new CEO,” said Steve Goldstone, chairman of ConAgra Foods’ Board of Directors.
“His track record of building brands, energizing teams, and creating value makes him an ideal fit. We are confident he will infuse focus and enthusiasm at ConAgra Foods.”
Mr Rodkin announced in August 2014 his impending retirement, which will take place at the end of ConAgra Foods’ financial year, 31 May. From April 6 to his retirement, Mr Rodkin will serve as advisor to the company.
“The entire board thanks Gary for his leadership of ConAgra Foods of almost 10 years,” Mr Goldstone continued.
“Our company was a very different place in 2005 when Gary arrived, and we sincerely appreciate his vision and tenacity in making huge strides in the company’s portfolio and performance. We expect a smooth transition from Gary to Sean over the next several months.”
Mr Connolly will join ConAgra Foods 3 March as CEO-elect, and will work with Mr Rodkin on transitioning.
“I’m excited to begin my new role at ConAgra Foods,” said Mr Connolly.
“The company has a unique portfolio and a motivated team. I’m looking forward to transitioning with Gary, and creating a lot of value over time.”
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