SALISBURY, Md., March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, has announced the promotion of Randy Day to chief executive officer of Perdue Farms, effective immediately. Day has served as chief operating officer since May 2016. He will also serve on the company's board of directors.
"Randy has done an outstanding job as chief operating officer over the past year, and he has my trust and the trust of our leadership team in this new role," said Perdue, who has been chairman and chief executive officer of Perdue Farms since 1991. Day is the fourth CEO in the company's nearly 100-year history. Perdue will continue to serve as chairman and company brand spokesperson.
"Randy has more than 36 years of experience in our company, with deep knowledge of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. He has proven himself to be a business leader who understands the importance of disciplined execution of our strategies and attention to competitive position and financial stewardship. He has a deep respect for – and lives – our values. Randy embraces and drives change, and will provide the strategic leadership to make sure Perdue Farms remains innovative, relevant and trusted as we move into our next century," said Perdue.
Prior to being named chief operating officer in 2016, Day served as president of Perdue Foods since February 2015. He joined Perdue Farms in 1980 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility in Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness.
A native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Day graduated from Easton High School and received his bachelor of science degree in biology from Western Maryland College. He earned a master's degree in poultry nutrition from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Day served on the Board of Directors of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, on the Executive Committee of the National Turkey Federation and on the Technical and Regulatory Committee of the National Chicken Council. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the National Chicken Council. In his community, he served on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic YMCA, chaired the Secondary Education Advisory Committee for the Wicomico County Board of Education and participated in the Wicomico County Mentoring Project. He currently serves as a member of the Council At Large of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Salisbury Committee.
Day and his wife, Debbie, have three children, three grandchildren and live in Salisbury.
About Perdue Farms
We're a third-generation, family owned, U.S. food and agriculture company. Through our belief in responsible food and agriculture, we are empowering consumers, customers and farmers through trusted choices in products and services.
We focus on continuously improving everything we do, constantly learning, and sharing those insights across different production methods. That innovative approach is driving change throughout the company and onto farms. This continuous advancement is leading us toward our vision of becoming the most trusted name in food and agricultural products.
The PERDUE® brand is the number-one brand of fresh chicken in the U.S., and Perdue AgriBusiness is an international agricultural products and services company. As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2020, our path forward is about getting better, not just bigger. We never use drugs for growth promotion in raising poultry and livestock, and we are actively advancing our animal welfare programs. Our brands are leaders in no-antibiotics-ever chicken, turkey and pork, and in USDA-certified organic chicken. We've increased our support for the family farm by creating new markets, including specialty crops. Through agricultural services, we give farmers more options for the acre, including conversion to organic production and products and services that increase the sustainability of conventional agriculture. Learn more at www.perduefarms.com.
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