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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jeffrey Ettinger

55 2006 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Jody Feragen

58 2010 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Director

Steven Binder

56 2011 Executive Vice President/President - Hormel Business Units

Bryan Farnsworth

2014 Senior Vice President - Supply Chain

Roland Gentzler

59 2007 Vice President - Finance, Treasurer

Donald Temperley

2014 Vice President - Operations, Grocery Products

Lori Marco

46 2011 Vice President - External Affairs, General Counsel

James Sheehan

58 2000 Vice President, Controller

Lawrence Lyons

2014 Vice President - Human Resources

Brian Johnson

53 2010 Vice President, Corporate Secretary

Deanna Brady

48 2013 Group Vice President - Foodservice

Richard Carlson

2014 Vice President - Quality Management

Thomas Day

55 2013 Group Vice President - Refrigerated Foods

Donald Kremin

53 2011 Group Vice President - Specialty Foods Group

Glenn Leitch

53 2011 Group Vice President/President of Jennie-O Turkey Store Inc.

James Snee

46 2012 Group Vice President; President of Hormel Foods International Corporation

James Splinter

51 2010 Group Vice President - Grocery Products

Larry Vorpahl

50 2005 Group Vice President/President - Consumer Products Sales

Philip Minerich

60 2005 Vice President - Research & Development

Kevin Myers

48 2013 Vice President - Research & Development

John Morrison

68 2011 Lead Independent Director

Gary Bhojwani

46 2014 Director

Sally Smith

56 2014 Director

Steven White

53 2014 Director

Terrell Crews

58 2007 Independent Director

Glenn Forbes

66 2011 Independent Director

Stephen Lacy

59 2011 Independent Director

Elsa Murano

54 2006 Independent Director

Robert Nakasone

66 2006 Independent Director

Susan Nestegard

53 2009 Independent Director

Dakota Pippins

65 2001 Independent Director

Christopher Policinski

55 2012 Independent Director

Jana Haynes

Director of Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Jeffrey Ettinger

Mr. Jeffrey M. Ettinger is Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Hormel Foods Corporation, serving in that capacity since November 21, 2006. Mr. Ettinger is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, serving in that capacity since November 2006. He was President and Chief Executive Officer from January to November 2006, and President and Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Ettinger is a member of the Board of Directors of The Toro Company, Bloomington, Minnesota, Grocery Manufacturers of America, Washington, D.C., American Meat Institute, Washington, D.C., Minnesota Business Partnership, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and The Hormel Foundation, Austin, Minnesota. In addition to his exemplary executive leadership of the Company, Mr. Ettinger brings practical finance, marketing and legal expertise to the Board, as well as a deep knowledge of the Company and food industry developed during his 24-year tenure with the Company.

Jody Feragen

Ms. Jody H. Feragen is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Director of Hormel Foods Corporation. She was elected to that position in 2010, and was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2010, and Vice President of Finance and Treasurer from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Feragen is a member of the Board of Directors of Patterson Companies, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota, and the University of North Dakota Foundation, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Ms. Feragen brings to the Board in-depth expertise in finance and related functions developed during her over 27-year finance career, as well as knowledge of the Company and food industry.

Steven Binder

Mr. Steven G. Binder is Executive Vice President/President - Hormel Business Units of Hormel Foods Corporation. He is responsible for the company’s refrigerated products operations, including meat products, foodservice, fresh pork, Saag’s and Dan’s Prize. He joined Hormel Foods in 1979 and progressed through numerous sales and management positions within the foodservice and meat products groups. In 1993, he became Regional Sales Manager of the foodservice group. In 1996, he advanced to Director of Sales for the foodservice group, responsible for hiring, training and managing the company’s direct sales representatives and food broker network. In 1998, he was named Vice President of the foodservice group, responsible for overseeing the group’s growth, profitability and strategic direction. In 2000, he was named Group Vice President - Foodservice group and was appointed in 2007 as Group Vice President - Refrigerated products. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn.

Bryan Farnsworth

Mr. Bryan D. Farnsworth has been appointed as Senior Vice President - Supply Chain of Hormel Foods Corporation effective March 3, 2014. In 1981, Farnsworth began his career with Hormel Foods at the Fremont Plant. He held a variety of quality and process control positions at the Fremont Plant, Corporate Office, Austin Plant, Beloit Plant and at Jennie-O Turkey Store. He gained plant manager experience in 1995 at Jennie-O Turkey Store, and moved back to the Corporate Office in 1996 as director of quality management. Farnsworth has held his current position since 2005. Farnsworth graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Administration and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management Executive Program.

Roland Gentzler

Mr. Roland G. Gentzler is Vice President - Finance, Treasurer of Hormel Foods Corp. In these roles, he is responsible for financial analysis, SEC reporting, risk management, cash management, tax, operations research and credit. Gentzler started with the company in 1976 as an accountant in the Austin, Minn. plant. He was quickly moved to the position of manager of general accounting and claims in Fort Dodge, Iowa later in 1976. He was the office manager for the Dallas plant in 1980 as well as the office manager for the Ottumwa, Iowa plant. In 1987, he was promoted to supervisor of internal auditing at the corporate office in Austin, Minn. and in 1988, he was promoted to accounting manager for FDL Foods in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1993, he moved to accounting coordinator and in 1994, he was named the director of finance for FDL Foods. He moved back to the corporate office in 1995 as the manager of cost accounting. He was promoted to assistant controller in 2000 and was advanced to director of accounting for the refrigerated foods division later that same year. He was named to the position he currently holds in 2007. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Dakota.

Donald Temperley

Mr. Donald J. Temperley has been appointed as Vice President - Operations, Grocery Products of Hormel Foods Corporation effective April 28, 2014. Temperley joined FDL Foods in 1982 (which became Rochelle (Ill.) Foods in 1993) and held various production management roles. In 1993, he advanced to superintendent of processed meats. He transferred to the Austin Plant in 1996 as superintendent of cured and smoked meats production, and advanced to manager of pork processing in 2000 at the Corporate Office. Temperley was named plant manager of the Fremont Plant in 2005.

Lori Marco

Ms. Lori J. Marco is Vice President - External Affairs, General Counsel of Hormel Foods Corporation. She will oversee law, corporate communications and legislative and regulatory affairs. She started her career at Hormel Foods in 2004 as a corporate attorney and was named senior attorney in 2007. Marco is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association and Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association.

James Sheehan

Mr. James N. Sheehan is Vice President, Controller of Hormel Foods Corporation. His responsibilities include financial policies, internal controls, Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance and financial reporting, as well as the general accounting, cost and business unit accounting functions of the company. An employee of Hormel Foods for almost 30 years, he began as an accountant in the Fremont, Neb. office and quickly was promoted to manager of data processing. He advanced to other positions including manager of general accounting, office manager at several locations and controller of Vista International Packaging. Since 1988, he has held positions at the corporate headquarters in Austin, Minn., including corporate credit manager for claims and Hormel Financial Services. In 1998, he became president of Hormel Financial Services where he was instrumental in developing and implementing Hormel Financial Services functions and several financial systems. Prior to being named to his current position, he was treasurer of Hormel Foods. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. and is involved in the Financial Executive Institute and the Institute of Management Accountants. He also serves on the Gelco Expense Management advisory board.

Lawrence Lyons

Mr. Lawrence C. Lyons has been appointed as Vice President - Human Resources of Hormel Foods Corporation effective March 3, 2014. Lyons joined Hormel Foods in 1978 as an industrial engineering trainee at the Fort Dodge Plant. In 1981, he became a compensation analyst at the Corporate Office, and later became industrial relations supervisor. In 1988, he transferred to the Beloit Plant in the role of manager of personnel and purchasing. Lyons became the corporate manager of safety and security at the Corporate Office in 1993, followed by other human resources roles including manager of employee relations and director of personnel.

Brian Johnson

Mr. Brian Dean Johnson is Vice President, Corporate Secretary of Hormel Foods Corporation. He served as Corporate Secretary & Senior Attorney of the company. He handles acquisition, corporate governance, securities, advertising, financing and real estate matters for Hormel Foods Corporation, and serves on the Disclosure and Compliance Committees. He started with Hormel Foods in 1995 as a corporate attorney. He was promoted to senior attorney in 2000. In 2005, he was promoted to assistant secretary, and was promoted to corporate secretary in 2007.Prior to joining Hormel Foods, Johnson practiced law with Doherty, Rumble & Butler, P.A. He graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, with majors in Accounting, Finance and Real Estate/Insurance, and minors in Economics and Political Science. He earned designation as a Certified Public Accountant in 1984, and graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif with a J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1991. He volunteers in the local community and church, serving on the finance committee for his church. He also served several years on the Austin City Planning Commission, acting as Chair in 2000 through 2006.

Deanna Brady

Ms. Deanna T. Brady has been appointed as Group Vice President - Foodservice of Hormel Foods Corp., effective October 28, 2013. In this position, Ms. Brady oversees all of Hormel Foods’ foodservice sales force. She began her career with Hormel Foods in September 1996 as a Foodservice Territory Manager in the Metro area, and over the ensuing years, held various foodservice sales positions across the United States. In June 2003, Brady was promoted to Foodservice Regional Manager in Los Angeles, Calif. In 2007, she was promoted to Vice President of Sales, Foodservice. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Food Administration, and is also a registered dietitian.

Richard Carlson

Mr. Richard A. Carlson has been appointed as Vice President - Quality Management of Hormel Foods Corporation effective March 3, 2014. In 1990, Carlson began his career with Hormel Foods as quality and process control engineer at the Austin Plant. He has held quality assurance and production management positions at the Stockton Plant, Owatonna (Minn.) facility and at Jennie-O Turkey Store. In 2001, he was named director of quality assurance at Jennie-O Turkey Store.

Thomas Day

Mr. Thomas R. Day has been appointed as Group Vice President - Refrigerated Foods of Hormel Foods Corp., effective October 28, 2013. He is responsible for the sales and marketing of foodservice products within the United States. He joined Hormel Foods in 1981 on a relief assignment in Texas and was promoted to Territory Manager of Meat products later that year. In 1985, he was named Territory Manager of Foodservice, and in 1989 he became Manager of National Accounts for Foodservice. He served as Manager of National Accounts and Regional Manager beginning in 1992, and in 1994 was appointed Director of Sales and Marketing of Dubuque Foods. He was named Director of Sales for the Foodservice group in 1998, and Vice President Foodservice Sales 2000. He was promoted to his current position in 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas, San Antonio, and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management Executive Program.

Donald Kremin

Mr. Donald H. Kremin has been appointed as Group Vice President - Specialty Foods Group of Hormel Foods Corp. He is no longer Vice President - Consumer Product Sales of the Company. He started with Hormel Foods in 1984 as a sales merchandiser in Grocery Products. He held various sales positions before being promoted to the director of customer development in CPS in 2004. In 2005, Kremin was named director of the Walmart business team and vice president of CPS. He was promoted to vice president of Hormel Foods and senior vice president of CPS for the Walmart business in 2007. He became the national sales manager for ethnic specialties in grocery products in Chicago, Ill., in 1999, and in 2004, he became the director of customer development in consumer products sales in Chicago. In 2005, he was named director of the Wal-Mart business team and vice president of consumer products sales in Bentonville, Ark. Originally from Chicago, Ill., he received his Bachelor of Arts from Northern Illinois University.

Glenn Leitch

Mr. Glenn R. Leitch has been appointed as Group Vice President of Hormel Foods Corporation and President of Jennie-O Turkey Store Inc., subsidiary of the Company. He started his career as director of commodity sales at Jennie-O Turkey Store in 1996. He was promoted to senior vice president of the commodity and supply division at Jennie-O Turkey Store in 2001, and was named general manager at Jennie-O Turkey Store in 2011.

James Snee

Mr. James P. Snee has been appointed as Group Vice President of Hormel Foods Corp., and President of Hormel Foods International, the subsidiary of the Company, effective October 29, 2012. He is no longer Vice President of the Company and Senior Vice President - Hormel Foods International Corporation effective October 29, 2012. Snee began his career at Hormel Foods in Hayward, Calif., in 1989 in the foodservice division where he held various sales positions before being named foodservice territory manager in San Francisco, Calif., in 1991. In 1992, Snee became an associate product manager in foodservice at the Corporate Office and moved to manager of inventory and distribution for Refrigerated Foods in 1995. He moved back to the foodservice division in Lebanon, N.J., in 1996 and held various manager positions before being named director of purchasing at the Corporate Office in 2006. In 2008, he was named vice president of affiliated business units, Refrigerated Foods, and in 2011 was promoted to vice president of Hormel Foods and senior vice president, HFIC.

James Splinter

Mr. James M. Splinter is Group Vice President - Grocery Products of Hormel Foods Corporation. In this position, he is responsible for managing all brand building marketing activities, including the associated marketing budget and new product development activities. He also manages the profit and loss statement of the meat products division, develops a staff of marketing product managers and manages the brand assets of Hormel and Lloyd’s barbeque. He joined Dubuque Foods in 1984 and became product manager for retail sausage products in 1990. In 1995, he joined Hormel Foods as product manager for the meat products group in Austin, Minn., managing the marketing activities of the category’s brand – Hormel® pepperoni, which earned a Print Media Campaign award from Food and Beverage magazine. In 1997, he joined the grocery products division as group product manager for the recipe ingredient group and oversaw the brand revitalization efforts for the now 70-year-old SPAM brand. In 1999, he was promoted to senior vice president, sales and marketing of the retail division at Jennie-O Turkey Store. In 2003, he was promoted to his current position. He graduated from Loras College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business.

Larry Vorpahl

Mr. Larry L. Vorpahl serves as Group Vice President of Hormel Foods Corporation and President - Consumer Products Sales and oversees a sales force of approximately 300 people that services all formats of retail customers nationwide, selling both shelf stable grocery and refrigerated meat products. He joined Hormel Foods in 1986 as a sales merchandiser and later that year became a sales representative. He was promoted to associate product manager in 1987, product manager in 1990, senior product manager in 1993 and group product manager in 1995. He was promoted to director of marketing in 1996 and was named vice president of marketing in 1999. In 2003, he became vice president and general manager - grocery products, responsible for overseeing the company’s grocery products division. He was promoted to his current position in October 2005. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a comprehensive Marketing major. He is a graduate of several executive education programs, including the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School, the Minnesota Executive Program at the Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Management Institute at the Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota.

Philip Minerich

Mr. Philip L. Minerich, Ph.D., was Vice President - Research & Development of Hormel Foods Corporation. He oversees product development, regulatory compliance and food safety. Over his 30-year career with Hormel Foods, he has developed an experience in food technology, packaging and the development and application of food safety intervention technologies and systems. He started his career at Hormel Foods in the quality control department at the Austin, Minn. plant in 1976. After holding various supervisory positions at the Austin and Davenport, Iowa facilities, he was named corporate manager of sanitation at the corporate headquarters in Austin in 1983. In 1988, Minerich joined the research and development division as a food technologist and advanced to senior food technologist three years later. In 1996, he was promoted to research scientist of packaging and advanced to development leader of new interventions in 2002. He was promoted to director of research, responsible for product and process development and packaging in 2003. He was appointed to his current position in 2006. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Technology at The Ohio State University in Columbus in 1976. He earned his Master's and Doctorate degrees in Food Science at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul in 1990 and 2002, respectively.

Kevin Myers

Dr. Kevin L. Myers Ph.D., has been appointed as Vice President - Research & Development of Hormel Foods Corporation effective October 28, 2013. Myers came to Hormel Foods with 11 years of experience in the food industry, holding management positions in food technology, research science, and new product development. In 2001, he started with the company as a research scientist for fresh meat at research and development. He was promoted to development leader of fresh and processed meats in 2005, and a year later, was promoted to group manager of product development. In 2012, he assumed his current role as director of product and process development. Myers is a graduate of Iowa State University.

John Morrison

Mr. John L. Morrison has been appointed as Lead Independent Director of Hormel Foods Corporation effective November 21, 2011. Mr. Morrison has served as Managing Director, Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison Incorporated, a private equity investment firm, since 1989 and Chairman, Callanish Capital Partners, a private hedge fund, since 2001. He was Executive Vice President of Pillsbury and Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Foods Group from 1987 to 1989, and President of Pillsbury’s International Group from 1981 to 1987. Mr. Morrison was a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, Washington, D.C., from 2006 to 2009. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Andersen Corporation, St. Paul, Minnesota. Mr. Morrison brings extensive expertise in finance, corporate development, and international business, as well as deep food industry knowledge, to the Board.

Gary Bhojwani

Mr. Gary C. Bhojwani is Director of the Company. Bhojwani is chairman of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) and a member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE with responsibility for Insurance in the USA. In this role, Bhojwani is responsible for overseeing both Allianz Life and Fireman's Fund® Insurance Company. Bhojwani joined Allianz Life in 2007 as president and chief executive officer and drove a considerable increase in operating profit while significantly improving employee morale, resulting in top workplace awards in 2010 and 2011. He currently serves as a director on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Teach for America Twin Cities, the American Council of Life Insurers, and the Financial Services Roundtable. In addition, he is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).

Sally Smith

Ms. Sally J. Smit is Director of the Company. As president and chief executive officer of Minneapolis-based Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Smith leads one of the nation's fastest-growing national restaurant chains, which includes more than 1,030 restaurants in the United States, Canada and Mexico with system-wide revenue of over $2.8 billion. Over the past ten years, the company has achieved compounded annual revenue growth of 26 percent and compounded annual net income growth of more than 35 percent. Smith served as the 2011 chairman of the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors. She is a director of Alerus Financial Corporation, Allina Health System and is also a member of World Presidents' Organization and Women Corporate Directors.

Steven White

Mr. Steven A. White is Director of the Company. White currently serves as the president of Comcast West Division. In this role, he is the senior executive responsible for all Comcast cable operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Texas and Wisconsin. He leads nearly 28,000 employees and serves more than seven million customers, driving annual revenue of nearly $13 billion. White currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Comcast Foundation, COMPAC, WICT Northern California and Denver Scholarship Foundation. In addition, he serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), Delta Boulé and Colorado Forum.

Terrell Crews

Mr. Terrell K. Crews is Independent Director of Hormel Foods Corporation. Mr. Crews retired from Monsanto Company, an agricultural company, in 2009. He served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Vegetable Business CEO for Monsanto Company, from 2007 to 2009, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2007. Mr. Crews is a member of the Board of Directors of Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, Decatur, Illinois, and Rock Tenn Corporation, Norcross, Georgia, and the Board of Trustees of Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee. Mr. Crews brings extensive expertise in finance and related functions to the Board, as well as significant knowledge of corporate development, agri-business and international operations.

Glenn Forbes

Dr. Glenn S. Forbes, M.D., has been appointed as Independent Director of Hormel Foods Corporation effective September 24, 2011. Dr. Forbes is retired Executive Board Chair and Emeritus Physician, Mayo Clinic, having retired January 2012. At that time, Dr. Forbes was Medical Director for Diversified Business Activities for Medical Imaging Services at Mayo Clinic, a position he held since 2010, Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, a position he held since 1990, and Consultant in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Mayo Clinic, a position he held since 1977. He was Medical Director for State Government Affairs and Public Relations at Mayo Clinic from 2009 to 2010, and Chief Executive Officer, Mayo Clinic-Rochester from 2006 to 2009. Dr. Forbes was a member of the Board of Trustees, Mayo Clinic from 2006 to 2009, and the Board of Governors, Mayo Clinic from 2003 to 2009, and Chair of the Executive Board, Mayo Clinic-Rochester from 2006 to 2009. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Radiology Foundation. Dr. Forbes brings executive leadership experience with a large Minnesota-based health care institution and extensive public policy and corporate governance expertise to the Board.

Stephen Lacy

Mr. Stephen M. Lacy has been appointed as Independent Director of Hormel Foods Corporation effective September 24, 2011. Mr. Lacy is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Meredith Corporation, a media and marketing company, a position he has held since 2010. He served Meredith Corporation as President and Chief Executive Officer starting in 2006, President and Chief Operating Officer starting in 2004, President, Publishing Group, and President, Interactive and Integrated Marketing Group, starting in 2000, and Chief Financial Officer starting in 1998. Mr. Lacy was President, from 1995 to 1997, and Chief Financial Officer, from 1992 to 1995, of Johnson & Higgins, an insurance brokerage firm, and General Manager, from 1990 to 1992, and Chief Financial Officer, from 1988 to 1990, of Commtron Corporation, a distributor of video cassettes and consumer electronics equipment. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Lacy brings extensive expertise in finance and consumer product marketing to the Board, as well as ongoing experience as the active Chief Executive Officer of a publicly held company whose stock is traded on the NYSE.

Elsa Murano

Dr. Elsa A. Murano, Ph.D., is Independent Director of Hormel Foods Corporation. Dr. Murano is Professor of Nutrition & Food Science and President Emerita of Texas A&M University, a position she has held since 2009. She was President of Texas A&M University from December 2007 to June 2009, and Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor and Dean of Agriculture, Director of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, from 2005 to 2007. Dr. Murano was Undersecretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2001 to 2004. She has served as Interim Director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture since June 2012. Dr. Murano brings preeminent food safety expertise and significant experience in agri-business and regulatory affairs to the Board.

Robert Nakasone

Mr. Robert C. Nakasone is Independent Director of Hormel Foods Corporation. Mr. Nakasone is Chief Executive Officer of NAK Enterprises, a family-owned investment and consulting business he has led since 2000. Mr. Nakasone was Chief Executive Officer, Toys “R” Us, Inc. from 1998 to 1999, President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1997, Vice Chairman from 1989 to 1993, and President U.S. Toy Stores from 1985 to 1988. Prior to 1985, he served in multiple senior executive capacities with the Jewel Companies, Inc., including Group Vice President and General Manager of the Jewel Food Stores Midwest Region. Mr. Nakasone is a member of the Board of Directors of Staples, Inc., Framingham, Massachusetts, and served on the Board of Directors of eFunds Corporation from 2003 until the sale of the company to Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. in 2007. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California, Cottage Health System, Santa Barbara, California, and the “V” Foundation For Cancer Research, Cary, North Carolina. Mr. Nakasone brings extensive expertise in retail food product marketing and international business development to the Board, as well as experience as the Chief Executive Officer of a large publicly held company.

Susan Nestegard

Ms. Susan K. Nestegard is Independent Director of Hormel Foods Corporation. Ms. Nestegard is former President, Global Healthcare Sector, of Ecolab Inc., a provider of cleaning and sanitizing products and services. She held that position from 2010 to 2012, and was Executive Vice President, Global Healthcare Sector, from 2008 to 2010, Senior Vice President, Research, Development and Engineering, and Chief Technical Officer, from 2003 to 2008. Ms. Nestegard also has over 20 years experience with 3M Company in product development, research and development, and business unit management. She is a member of the Board of Directors of American Capital, Ltd., Bethesda, Maryland. Ms. Nestegard brings significant expertise in food safety, research and development, foodservice, and international business to the Board.

Dakota Pippins

Mr. Dakota A. Pippins is Independent Director of Hormel Foods Corporation. Mr. Pippins has been President and Chief Executive Officer, Pippins Strategies, LLC, a marketing consulting company, since 2003. He served as Director of Urban Think Tank and Director of Planning for the Vigilante Division of Leo Burnett, USA, an advertising agency, from 1998 to 2003, Director of Management Institute at New York University from 1990 to 1995, and has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University since 1990. Prior experience includes various management positions at Citicorp, a banking company, General Foods Corporation, a food company, and Burrell Communications Group, a marketing company. Mr. Pippins brings to the Board in-depth expertise in consumer product marketing and corporate sustainability, developed both through professional work experience and academia.

Christopher Policinski

Mr. Christopher J. Policinski has been appointed as Independent Director of Hormel Foods Corp., effective September 22, 2012. Mr. Policinski is President and Chief Executive Officer of Land O’Lakes, Inc., a member-owned cooperative which produces and markets dairy-based food products and agricultural supplies, a position he has held since 2005. He served Land O’Lakes, Inc. as Chief Operating Officer of the Dairy Foods business unit starting in 1999, and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development starting in 1997. Prior experience includes various management positions at Kraft General Foods Corporation, a food company, Bristol Myers Squibb, a biopharmaceutical and consumer goods company, and Pillsbury Company, a food company. Mr. Policinski is a member of the Board of Directors of Xcel Energy, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, Grocery Manufacturers of America, Washington, D.C., National Milk Producers Federation, Arlington, Virginia, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Washington, D.C., U. S. Global Leadership Campaign, Washington, D.C., and the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Board of Overseers of Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Policinski brings extensive expertise in agri-business, consumer product marketing and corporate development to the Board, as well as ongoing experience as the active Chief Executive Officer of a large Minnesota-based company operating globally in the food industry.

Jana Haynes

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