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National Beef Packing Co. has named Tim M. Klein its new CEO and president and also appointed him to its board of managers. Klein, who had served as president and COO since 1997, succeeds John R. Miller, who was National Beef's chief executive for the past 17 years. Miller will work as a consultant to the Kansas City, Mo.-based company and remain on its board.
Steve Hunt, National Beef's board chair and CEO of U.S. Premium Beef, explained that a succession plan has been in place “for years.” Part of that plan included development of the management staff to take the reins of “an ever-changing and -growing company. This is a tremendous opportunity for our company to transition its management leadership to best position National Beef to compete in the world market for high-quality, value-added beef products,” said Miller
For his part, Klein said he’s “been fortunate to have worked with John these past 17 years, during which time National Beef saw extraordinary growth and profitability.”
With operations in Liberal and Dodge City, Kan.; Brawley, Calif.; Hummels Wharf, Pa.; Moultrie, Ga.; St. Joseph, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., National Beef processes and markets fresh beef, case-ready beef and beef byproducts for domestic and international markets. In fiscal year 2008, the company posted $5.8 billion in sales and processed 3.8 million head of cattle.