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. Richter was promoted to president and chief operating officer of the Smithfield Foods pork group in 2008. In this role the presidents of Smithfield Foods' five pork processing companies report to him. Previously, Mr. Richter served as president and chief executive officer of Farmland Foods after it was acquired by Smithfield Foods in October 2003. Prior to that he was employed for 34 years by Farmland Industries where he held a number of executive positions, his last as president of the pork division.
Mr. Manly rejoined Smithfield Foods as executive vice president in 2006 after 10 years as president of Premium Standard Farms. He also became the chief financial officer in 2008. Prior to that he served as executive vice president of Smithfield Foods, Inc. from 1986 through 1996, also serving as president and chief operating officer of Smithfield Packing from 1994 to 1995. In November 2007 Mr. Manly was assigned the responsibility of managing international operations at Smithfield Foods, Inc, and in 2013 took on the responsibility of chief synergy officer.
Mr. Sullivan joined Smithfield Foods in 2003 as vice president of internal audit, became chief accounting officer in 2007, in 2010 became vice president of finance and chief accounting officer, and in 2013 became chief financial officer. Prior to joining Smithfield, Mr. Sullivan spent twelve 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.
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.
Dariusz Nowakowski, a native of Kraków, Poland, has been president of Animex Sp. z o.o. since June 2006. He lived and worked in Canada and the United States for 25 years, and during his career Nowakowski has worked for major Canadian and U.S. food corporations, including ConAgra Foods and Maple Leaf Foods.
Nowakowski is a graduate of the Agricultural Academy in Kraków and Saskatchewan University in Canada. He is married, has two daughters and enjoys rowing.
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.