The National Pork Board is beginning its search for a new chief executive officer. The topic will be discussed during the Pork Industry Forum meeting March 5-6 in St. Louis, Mo.

Board President Lynn Harrison, a pork producer from Elk Mound, Wis., has appointed a working group to begin working on the selection process. The board accepted the resignation of its current chief executive, Steve Murphy, during its January meeting. Murphy has agreed to remain on the job until his successor is selected.

Harrison said he and other board members are considering professional search firms to help in the hiring process. He expects to name the search committee during the March meeting. Board members will begin to discuss the expertise and leadership characteristics it will seek as it looks for a new chief executive.

The board also expects to finalize its 2009 planning process and to review a third-party examination of Pork Checkoff-funded research projects. The meeting will be at the Adams Mark Hotel, also the site of Pork Industry Forum.

Those wishing to attend the board’s business meeting are asked to contact Lorraine Garner, (515) 223-2600, or

Source: NPB