National Pork Board CEO heads to NCGA

Novak resigns from National Pork Board, heads to NCGA as new CEO.

The National Pork Board (NPB) has announced that CEO Chris Novak will step down Oct. 3 to assume leadership of the National Corn Growers Assn. (NCGA).

During his six-year tenure with the NPB, Novak worked to advance the strategic goals of the Pork Checkoff.

“The pork industry is truly leading the way in responding to consumers with new programs that provide greater assurance of quality, animal welfare and sustainability. I have been honored to be a part of a team that is committed to meeting the needs of our farmers and consumers,” Novak said. “I'm grateful to the farmers who invest in the Pork Checkoff, the Pork Checkoff’s board of directors and the Pork Checkoff state and national staff members for the opportunity to serve this great industry. I look forward to continuing to work with the livestock industry from my new position.”

 NPB said it will immediately engage an executive search firm to assist in a national search for Novak’s replacement. Details of the search process will be announced later this month.

To ensure a seamless transition, the board has named John Johnson, chief operating officer, as interim CEO. Johnson will oversee the many initiatives currently under way, including finalization of a new strategic plan and development of the 2015 budget.

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