Jerry Godwin, the man who has been president and chief operating officer of Murphy-Brown LLC in Warsaw, N.C., for the last 11 years will retire, effective July 31. He also served during that time as the leader of the business' Hog Production Group.
Murphy-Brown, LLC is the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc, and is known as the world's largest producer of pork products.
Godwin has been the company's leader since Murphy Brown was formed in 2001. At that time Smithfield Foods acquired and combined three successful privately owned swine production companies which, until the time they were merged, had served as major suppliers of hogs to Smithfield Food and combined them into Murphy Brown, LLC.
Smithfield Foods president and CEO C. Larry Pope said Godwin was a man "with exceptional vision, strength and vision."
Pope continued, "While at Murphy-Brown, he (Godwin) has distinguished himself by developing an outstanding management team which is leading the way for the U.S. pork industry on many fronts, including production innovation and efficiency; conversion of company sow farms from individual stalls to group housing for pregnant sows; environmental stewardship; sound animal care; food safety; taking care of employees; and support for the communities where we have business interests."
Robert "Bo" Manly, chief financial officer of Smithfield Foods, Inc., will take over the leadership of the Hog Production Group after Godwin retires. Manly will continue to work out of his office in Virginia at Smithfield Foods and will continue his basic responsibilities as Smithfield's CFO.
Warsaw N.C. based Murphy-Brown has over 6,000 employees in twelve states. The company owns and manages 450 hog farms in the U.S. and produces 17 million market hogs each year. The company also partners with over 1,500 independent hog farms and contract hog growers in the U.S. The company is a leader in traceability practices.