The National Pork Board announced earlier this week that Chris Hodges will leave his position as chief executive officer of the National Pork Board effective Dec. 31, 2015.

The National Pork Board will discuss the search process for Hodges’ replacement at its planned board meeting in January. Details of the search process will be finalized and announced following that meeting.  We appreciate Chris’ contributions and service during his time with the National Pork Board.

To ensure a seamless transition, John Johnson, chief operating officer, and the senior management team will continue to oversee the many initiatives currently underway, including implementation of all 2016 program activities.

The National Pork Board will share information on the search process as details are known in the weeks ahead. The goal is to have a new CEO in place as soon as possible to continue the Pork Checkoff’s important work and 2016 plans.

Hodges leaving position at NPB