The American Meat Institute has elected the six officers who will guide the organization through the next year. The election was held at AMI’s Annual Business Meeting in Bolton Landing, N.Y.

  • Elected as chairman for   2010/2011 is Dennis Vignieri, president and chief executive officer of Kenosha Beef International.
  • Larry Odom, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Odom’s Tennessee Pride Sausage, will serve as vice chairman.
  • Nick Meriggioli, president of Oscar Mayer, a Kraft Foods Business Unit, will serve as treasurer.
  • Greg Benedict, president and chief operations officer, American Foods Group LLC will serve as secretary. 
  • Jeffrey Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods Corp., becomes immediate past chairman.  
  • J. Patrick Boyle was reelected by the AMI membership to serve a 22nd term as the institute’s president and chief executive officer.

“There are many great challenges and opportunities facing the meat and poultry industry this year, like continued progress in food safety, proposed changes in industry structure, regaining new export markets, the expansion of corn-based ethanol and immigration reform,” Boyle said. “The proven leadership and diverse, hands-on industry experience of these new AMI officers will be a major asset in our efforts to continue to advance this industry.  I look forward to working with them to achieve our common goals.”

Also at the meeting, AMI elected two new directors its Board of Directors and two members to its Executive Committee. 

The new directors are Karl Deily, president, Cryovac Food Packaging, vice president of Sealed Air Corp., and Ralph Smith, president and chief executive officer, Kayem Foods.

Elected to AMI’s Executive Committee is Mark Moshier, Arrowsight president of global manufacturing and network operation centers, and J. Michael Townsley, president of Bob Evans Foods.  

“Once again, the Institute has had the good fortune of having an enormously skilled and diverse group of leaders who bring decades of interest and insight to bear in leading AMI into this next year,” Boyle said.

Source: AMI