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Top hog firm hires ex-Tyson Foods vice-president

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Oscar Rousseau

By Oscar Rousseau+

Last updated on 26-May-2017 at 16:57 GMT2017-05-26T16:57:24Z

Paul Fox is renowned as a turnaround expert in the industry
Paul Fox is renowned as a turnaround expert in the industry

One of America’s biggest family-owned hog producers, Maschhoffs LCC, has appointed meat industry grandee Paul Fox as chief operating officer.

The former Tyson Foods vice-president has joined the business with immediate effect.

He joins the giant pig producer when times could be better: five months ago, the business launched an investigation into animal abuse after a video surfaced that appeared to show some of its farmers tearing the testicles off conscious piglets. Maschoffs LCC did not mention the investigation in its statement about Fox’s appointment, though, and could not be reached to comment on whether the investigation was still ongoing.

I'm excited to be a part of the Maschhoffs,” Paul Fox, told this site. “It’s a family-owned company that has a stellar reputation in the industry for doing things right. The company’s commitment to its family-first atmosphere and its innovative nature both drew me to this outstanding organisation.

Fox's appointment was also welcomed by the president of Maschhoffs, Dr Bradley Wolter.

I’m extremely pleased that Paul Fox has agreed to join The Maschhoffs,” Wolter told this site. “He brings 20 years of seasoned leadership experience in the protein business to our organisation.”

The hog producer, which brings to market around five million pigs per year, provided some insight into Fox’s key responsibilities in a prepared statement.

Turnaround expert

Fox will be responsible for operations across the company’s nine-state footprint, which includes a 218,000-sow breed-to-wean business. In this role, Fox will work closely with Maschhoffs’ general managers across the company’s five production regions.

Fox started his career as a management trainee with US meatpacking giant Tyson Foods. He spent 17 years at the company, working his way up to vice-president of operations.

After leaving Tyson Foods , Fox entered the private equity sector and led three corporate turnaround projects at Dickinson Frozen Foods, Marfood USA – a subsidiary of Brazil-based Marfrig – and O.K. Industries.
Prior to joining Maschhoffs, Fox was managing director at Economic Benefits for the Family Farms Group. Here, he helped farmers implement strategies to improve revenues and reduce costs.

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