Food processor Hormel Foods announced that Jeffrey Ettinger has
been elected as a board member, effective immediately, and has also been
appointed president and chief operating officer, effective July 1, 2004.
He succeeds Joel Johnson, who has served in this capacity since 1992.
Johnson will retain the titles of chairman of the board and chief
executive officer of the company. In his new role, Ettinger will oversee
the grocery, refrigerated, specialty and turkey segments of the company.
He will continue to report to Johnson. Ettinger has served as president
and chief executive officer of the Jennie-O Turkey Store subsidiary of
Hormel Foods since 1999 and as group vice president of Hormel Foods
since 2001. Michael Tolbert will succeed Ettinger as president and chief
executive officer of Jennie-O Turkey Store.