Smithfield Foods, Inc. has appointed a new management team for its pork group. George Richter has been named to the new position of president and chief operating officer of its pork group. Richter is a 34-year veteran of Farmland Foods, where he served as president since Smithfield acquired the company in October 2003.

Joseph W. Luter IV has been appointed executive vice president of the company. Luter, currently president of Smithfield Packing Company, will concentrate on sales and marketing in his new role as an executive vice president of Smithfield Foods. Luter has 15 years’ experience with Smithfield Foods.

James Sbarro will become president of Farmland. He has been senior vice president of sales, marketing, research and development at Farmland since 1999. Tim Schellpeper, senior vice president of operations at Farmland, will become president of Smithfield Packing Company. He has been with Farmland for 17 years.

"These managers will help in the coordination of the pork subsidiaries to better serve our continually-growing retail and foodservice customers," said C. Larry Pope, Smithfield Foods president and chief executive officer. “This new team will be focused on developing these opportunities and maximizing the enormous potential of this company."

Smithfield Foods is the leading processor and marketer of fresh pork and packaged meats in the United States.