Hormel Foods elevates vet to senior vice president

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Hormel Foods elevates vet to senior vice president

By Gina Acosta - 09/17/2018
Natosha Walsh graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in marketing and international business and began her career with the company in 1999.

Hormel Foods Corp. has named a new senior vice president as the company looks to even more growth.

Natosha Walsh, director of Albertsons and Safeway business for CPS, has been named senior vice president of CPS and vice president of Hormel Foods, effective at the start of fiscal year 2019.

The announcement comes after the retirement of Kurt Mueller, senior vice president of Consumer Products Sales (CPS) and vice president of Hormel Foods, who will retire after 39 years of distinguished service with the company. 

"Natosha is well prepared to assume Kurt's responsibilities and has earned a reputation for being a customer-focused leader," said Deanna Brady, group vice president of consumer products sales at Hormel Foods. "I look forward to Natosha providing leadership and bold thinking to the sales organization."

During his career at Hormel Foods, Mueller has brought a passion and commitment to recruiting, succession planning and performance management, and his experience in logistics and sales planning has provided the CPS organization with a unique perspective.

"Kurt has been a strong leader in the CPS organization, driving growth and providing mentorship to our sales teams throughout our business. We congratulate him on a great career and wish him all the best in his upcoming retirement," said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods.

Walsh has been a driver for the advancement of women within CPS and throughout the company, serving as a member of company's employee resource group Women's Insights Network from its inception. In addition to her time with the company, Walsh has been an active member of the Network of Executive Women for over 15 years. She was just named co-chair of the Boise chapter, where she is responsible for establishing this chapter.

Hormel Foods Corp., based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across more than 80 countries worldwide.