A New Leader in Supply Chain

In a strategic move, Hormel Foods Corp. has announced the promotion of Steve Lykken to the role of group vice president of supply chain. This change comes as Mark Coffey, the previous incumbent, prepares for retirement.

Responsibilities and Oversight

Steve Lykken will assume responsibility for the One Supply Chain organization at Hormel Foods, overseeing crucial aspects such as procurement, manufacturing, engineering, logistics, research and development, quality management, and plant operations.

Lykken’s Impressive Journey

Before this elevation, Steve Lykken served as the president of Jennie-O Turkey Store for an impressive six-year tenure. More recently, he held the position of president at Applegate Farms for two years. His extensive experience and leadership within the organization led to this significant promotion.

A History with Hormel Foods

Steve Lykken’s association with Hormel Foods dates back to 1992 when he started as a sales account executive. Over the years, he has assumed various pivotal roles within the company. In 2003, he was named the senior vice president of the retail division of Jennie-O Turkey Store, and in 2011, he took on the role of senior vice president of supply chain for the business. His career trajectory within Hormel Foods continued as he was appointed chief operating officer of Applegate Farms in 2015. In 2016, he was further honored with the titles of senior vice president of Hormel Foods and president of Jennie-O Turkey Store.

Educational Background

Steve Lykken’s journey is underpinned by his educational foundation, having received an international business degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Farewell to Mark Coffey

Mark Coffey, who has been an integral part of Hormel Foods since 1985, is retiring from his role as group vice president of supply chain. He joined the company as a supervisor at the Ottumwa, Iowa, plant and later moved to the corporate headquarters in 1991. Throughout his illustrious career, he held various leadership positions, culminating in his appointment as group vice president of supply chain for Hormel Foods’ global operations in 2021.

Acknowledgment and Transition

James P. Snee, Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO at Hormel Foods, expressed his gratitude for Mark Coffey’s contributions to the company, particularly during the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also welcomed Steve Lykken to his new role, highlighting his extensive experience and leadership qualities.

“Mark has been a highly respected and impactful leader over his almost 40-year career with the company,” said Snee. “His perseverance and empowering leadership through the challenges of the COVID pandemic were indispensable, and his operational expertise has been transformational. I thank Mark and his wife Tammy for their commitment and engagement in our community and wish them both the best in retirement.”

“Steve’s breadth and depth of experience across our company, including business unit leadership, supply chain management, sales and marketing, makes him well suited for this critical role,” Snee continued. “I look forward to Steve’s vision and leadership to continue our track record of operational excellence.”

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