The National Pork Board has selected Kincannon & Reed to assist in the search,  screening and recruitment of the organization's new chief executive officer.

On Sept. 2, the Pork Checkoff announced that Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak will step down after six years of service to assume leadership of the National Corn Growers Association. Novak's last day will be Oct. 3, 2014.

Chief Operating Officer John Johnson was immediately named interim CEO by the Board and will lead the organization during the search process.

For confidential consideration as a candidate or to suggest a prospective candidate, please contact Jon Leafstedt, Jim Gerardot, or Ed Yuhas with Kincannon & Reed at national-pork-board-CEO@krsearch.net.