Our commitment to good food starts at the top. Our experienced team of corporate officers leads Smithfield Foods with a singular vision of success: to create value for our stakeholders. This vision unites our global operations to produce safe, high-quality food around the world in a responsible manner.
Please see below for detailed information on our Corporate Officers.
President and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods, Inc. Mr. Pope joined Smithfield Foods in 1980 as controller, became vice president, finance in 1999, chief financial officer in 2000, and was named president and chief operating officer in 2001. Mr. Pope succeeded Joseph W. Luter, III as chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods in 2006. Prior to joining Smithfield Foods, Mr. Pope spent four years with Coopers & Lybrand.
Mr. Sullivan became Smithfieldʼs Executive Vice President in 2015, and has been Chief Financial Officer since 2013. His responsibilities include overseeing consolidated finance, administrative and support services. Prior to these roles he had held the positions of Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer since 2010, Chief Accounting Officer since 2007, and joined Smithfield Foods in 2003 as Vice President of Internal Audit. Prior to joining Smithfield Mr. Sullivan spent 12 years at large public accounting and consulting firms, serving a variety of clients in the manufacturing, technology and government contracting sectors. He also previously served in a chief auditor capacity for a large NYSE firm.
Dr. Dhamu Thamodaran has 29 years of work experience in the industry as of 2014. He joined Smithfield Foods as Director of Price Risk Management in August 1995, and has served as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Commodity Hedging Officer since 2011. He manages commodity hedging activities, and heads the group for research and analysis in global economy and commodities. Prior to joining Smithfield Foods, he worked for 10 years at John Morrell & Co. and Farmland Industries, both of which have been acquired by Smithfield Foods.
Dr. Thamodaran obtained his B.S. in Agriculture and M.S. in Agricultural Economics in India. He received his Ph.D. in Economics with a major in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University in 1983. His academic honors include membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society for graduating summa cum laude as a doctoral student, and membership in Gamma Sigma Delta for outstanding achievement or service to Agricultural Science.
Mr. Treacy joined Smithfield Foods in 2002. Prior to that he served as director of Virginia's department of environmental quality. From 1990 to 1995, Treacy served as assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the Virginia attorney general's office.
Mr. Cole joined Smithfield Foods in 1996 after 11 years at the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1985.
In 1994 Mr. Deel joined Smithfield Foods as assistant controller. He assumed his present position after serving as corporate controller.
Mr. Dykstra joined Smithfield Foods in 2010 as vice president and corporate treasurer. Prior to joining Smithfield, Mr. Dykstra served in various finance positions at Chrysler LLC and DaimlerChrysler NA where he served as vice president and treasurer from 2000 to 2008. Previously, Mr. Dykstra served as vice president and controller of Chrysler Financial Corporation.
In 1994 Mr. Ellis joined The Smithfield Packing Company as technical services director. He moved to Smithfield Foods in 1996, accepting his current position in 2000.
Mr. Flemming joined Smithfield Foods in 2005 after 20 years as a partner in the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP.
Mr. Harlow joined Smithfield Foods in 2008. Prior to that he served as director of internal audit with Alcatel-Lucent, director of finance and internal audit with L'Oreal USA and held key internal audit roles with Becton Dickinson and Nabisco, Inc. From 1992 to 1999 Mr. Harlow served in the audit and assurance practice of Arthur Andersen LLP serving a variety of clients in the manufacturing, consumer products and gaming industries.
Mr. Leeth joined Smithfield Foods in 2008. He has served as Assistant Vice President for Environmental and Corporate Affairs and Senior Counsel, and was promoted to his current position in 2015. Before joining Smithfield, Mr. Leeth was a partner at McGuireWoods law firm, where he represented the firm’s corporate clients and municipalities in litigation and regulatory matters, and served in government first in the federal courts and later as an assistant attorney general in Virginia.
Ms. Lombardo joined Smithfield in 2002 and has worked in several capacities for the company including corporate finance, investor relations and corporate communications. In 2011, she was promoted to Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Most recently she served as Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for WH Group in Hong Kong. Currently she holds the position of Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, leading the corporate communications and public relations efforts of Smithfield. In this capacity, she also continues to liaison with WH Group’s investors in the United States.
After nine years with ConAgra Foods, where he was senior vice president of manufacturing for the Processed Meats Group, Mr. Morris rejoined Smithfield Foods. He has served as vice president operations for Smithfield Packing and Gwaltney and vice president engineering for Smithfield during his tenure at Smithfield Foods.
As President, Smithfield Europe, Mr. Nowakowski is responsible for all of the companyʼs wholly owned investments in Europe, which comprise the majority of the International Division. Mr. Nowakowskiʼs experience in the food industry spans more than 30 years. He joined Smithfield in 2006 as President of Animex, Polandʼs largest producer of packaged and fresh meats. Prior to joining Smithfield, Mr. Nowakowski held a variety of management positions in the United States and Canada, including President and Chief Executive Officer of Humpty Dumpty Snack Foods, General Manager of Fresh Pork for Maple Leaf Foods, President of ConAgra Grain Processing Company, and President of Janes Family Foods. He began his career with International Multifoods in 1981.
Mr. Saunders took on the role of President, Fresh Pork Division, in early 2015. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the food industry, and served as Chief Financial Officer of Smithfieldʼs John Morrell Food Group since 2008. Mr. Saunders has held roles of increasing responsibility at John Morrell Food Group since joining the Company in 2002 as Director of Corporate Accounting, focusing on the Fresh Pork Division. From 1992 to 2002 he served in roles spanning Cost Manager to Chief Financial Officer at Indiana Packers Corporation. Mr. Saunders began his career at Hormel Foods Corporation in 1986.
Mr. Schmidt currently serves as President, Hog Production Division. Previously, he was President of Murphy-Brown where he assumed leadership of all of its North American swine production operations in 2013, after having served previously as President of Murphy-Brown East Production Operations from 2011 to 2013, and President of the International Division from 2002 to 2011. Prior to its merger with Murphy-Brown, Mr. Schmidt served as Vice President of Production for Carrollʼs Foods from 1991 to 2001 and as Nutritionist for Carrollʼs Foods' Swine and Turkey Departments from 1986 to 1991. Mr. Schmidt began his more than 30-year career in agriculture in roles with Vigortone Ag Products and Jaindl Turkey Farms.
Mr. Sebring has been serving as President, Packaged Meats Division, since 2015 and has more than 36 years of meat industry experience. Prior to this role he was President of Smithfieldʼs John Morrell Food Group, which he joined in May 1994. From 1992 to 1994 he served as President and CEO of Indiana Packers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Industries. From 1974 through 1992 he was employed by Fresh Mark Meat Products, Inc., where he served as Executive Vice President.
Mrs. Stevens joined Smithfield Foods in 1995. She oversees global risk management and Enterprise Risk Management activities for the company, and was promoted to her current role as vice president of risk management in 2012. Prior to her roles in risk management, Mrs. Stevens also worked in Smithfield's tax department and commodity/hedging department.
In 1998 Mr. Turner joined Smithfield Foods as corporate tax director. Prior to that he spent a number of years at KPMG and Coopers & Lybrand handling tax matters for a variety of clients.
Mr. Zadeh joined Smithfield Foods in 2001. Prior to that he served as chief technology officer for Kraft Foods and as senior information technology leader in foods and consumer package goods for companies such as Miller Brewing Company and PepsiCo, both in the U.S. and abroad.