Pork Producer Smithfield Names Sullivan to Succeed Pope as CEO

Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest pork producer, appointed Kenneth M. Sullivan as successor to Chief Executive Officer C. Larry Pope, who plans to retire.

Sullivan, currently president and chief operating officer, will take over as CEO at the year-end, the Smithfield, Virginia-based company said Monday in a statement.

Pope, 61, has spent 35 years at Smithfield. He led the company through its $4.73 billion takeover by Hong Kong-based WH Group Ltd. in 2013, the largest food-industry acquisition by a Chinese company.

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