The National Pork Board has announced senior leadership changes to better implement a new Pork Checkoff vision, structure and operating plan supported by its board of directors – the first major restructuring in nearly 20 years.
The new plan was developed with grassroots input from across the industry, including more than 1,000 pork producers, and focuses on two overarching goals, to build trust and to add value. To deliver on these goals and the expectations of pork industry leaders for nimbleness and forward-thinking, the NPB has restructured staff teams and elevated high performers to lead them.
"We have our marching orders – to move at the speed of business and to be consumer-focused, producer-led. That is how we will keep pork relevant and competitive," says Bill Even, NPB CEO. "These changes align highly capable leaders and staff with the work that must be done, such as making continuous improvement through We Care and protecting swine health from foreign animal disease."
Highlights of the changes include:
- Jerry Flint, who has served as vice president of outreach and engagement for the NPB since August 2019, is assuming the role of chief operations officer. Prior to joining the Pork Board, Flint held leadership roles at Corteva Agriscience and Monsanto. The respected agriculture leader will apply his ability to motivate teams and drive accountability in Pork Board operations.
- John Johnson is transitioning to consultant status as of Feb. 14 after more than 10 years serving the NPB as vice president of strategic administration and as chief operations officer. In his new capacity, Johnson will conduct outreach in the northeast about pork farmers' commitment to the We Care ethical principles.
- Jarrod Sutton, the previous vice president of domestic marketing, is now senior vice president of strategy and innovation. The 20-year Pork Board veteran has served the industry in retail marketing, channel marketing and social responsibility roles. In his new position, Sutton's team will help the Pork Board rise to the challenge of being more future-focused, insight-driven and responsive to customers.
- Angie Krieger has been promoted to vice president of domestic marketing after nearly three years with the NPB in packer relations and channel outreach roles. Krieger joined the Pork Board from JBS and had previously spent 14 years at Cargill. As a result, she is very in tune with the supply chain and is passionate about leading her team to add value for pork producers.
- Brett Kaysen, is the new vice president of sustainability. Kaysen joined the NPB nearly two years ago from Zoetis. As a pig farmer who also spent more than 16 years teaching at Colorado State University, Kaysen is uniquely qualified to lead his team of experts in public health, environment and animal welfare to ensure broad adoption of the We Care ethical principles.
- Dave Pyburn, DVM, as the NPB's chief veterinarian, will lead a team of veterinarians and swine production experts. Pyburn rejoined the Pork Board in 2013 after 13 years as the senior veterinary medical officer at USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This new focus will allow Pyburn to leverage his experience and relationships to help protect the U.S. pork industry from foreign animal disease.
- Jill Criss is now senior vice president of human resources and administration. Criss has provided human resources/operations services and leadership to the NPB for more than 16 years. Criss will be on the front lines of hiring and training the high-quality talent needed to implement the new strategic plan as well as ensuring internal administrative processes are streamlined for success.
"In short, we're ready and excited to be starting 2020 and the new decade with a new vision, a few clear priorities and the resources – people, budget and organizational structure – to accomplish them," Even says.