President and CEO of Hormel Foods to deliver Business Leaders Forum keynote (canceled)

March 10, 2020

Jim Snee, president and CEO of Hormel FoodsUPDATE: This event was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

MILWAUKEE — Jim Snee, president and CEO of Hormel Foods, will deliver the keynote address at the Marquette Business Leaders Forum on Tuesday, March 31, at 12:15 p.m. in the Monaghan Ballroom at the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

His address, "Hormel's 129-Year Food Journey," will discuss how the company continues to reinvent itself as a global brand and one of the most admired food companies in the world.

Registration for the event begins at 11:45 a.m.; lunch follows at 12:15 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 12:45 p.m. Tickets are $50; corporate and sponsor tables are also available. Registration is available online.

Snee is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods, a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenue across 75 countries worldwide. Just the 10th president in Hormel Foods’ long history, his career with Hormel began in 1989 and he assumed roles of increasing responsibility throughout its divisions and at the company’s global headquarters. He rose to vice president of affiliated business units in 2008 and in 2011 he advanced to leader of Hormel Foods International and oversaw the company’s growing global portfolio. He was named president and COO in 2015. Snee was made the CEO in 2016 and elected chairman of the board in 2017.

Hormel Foods is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats. It was named one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Food Companies and one of Forbes’ World’s Best Employers. In 2018, the company donated more than $15 million to causes such as hunger, cancer research and education, earning it a spot on “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” list of Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the 10th year in a row, among numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts.

Established in 1999, the Business Leaders Forum is a speaker series sponsored by Marquette University's College of Business Administration. The forum provides a setting for nationally recognized business leaders to engage in discussions and interact with students, faculty and local business leaders. The program enables Marquette to build practical knowledge into its rigorous business curriculum, exploring current trends, issues and practices in business.

Marquette University has attracted leaders at the top of their respective professions to speak at the Business Leaders Forum, including presidents and CEOs of Kohler Co., Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, ConocoPhillips, Best Buy, Cisco Systems, and the Boston Red Sox.

The Kathleen and Frank Thometz Foundation has made the Business Leaders Forum speaker series possible through a special endowment.

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