Bryan Humphreys, a senior vice president of the National Pork Board and former employee of the National Pork Producers Council, will be NPPC’s new chief executive officer, the group announced Wednesday. 

Humphreys will replace Neil Dierks, who has headed the organization for 20 years. Dierks announced his retirement in June, and Humphreys will take over as CEO Dec. 21.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead NPPC as its CEO and continue the great work Mr. Dierks has done on behalf of America’s pork producers,” Humphreys said. “As CEO, I will strive to advance the industry and protect producers’ freedom to operate through innovative strategies and new partnerships.”

Humphreys has been a senior vice president for producer and state engagement for the past two years at NPB, the industry’s checkoff program, where he “oversaw a multimillion-dollar budget, implemented a nationwide producer outreach plan during the pandemic and strengthened relationships on behalf of the organization,” NPPC said. 

He also has been executive vice president of the Ohio Pork Council, where he “cultivated award-winning producer image campaigns and fostered positive relationships with stakeholders and community members,” NPPC said.

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NPPC President Jen Sorenson said “for years, Bryan has been seen as a leader in the industry. His strategic thinking and unique experiences embody the type of leadership we, as an industry, need to guide us through challenging times ahead. On behalf of the board of directors, we are thrilled to welcome Bryan to the team.”

Humphreys will be returning to NPPC, where he previously served about five years as director of grassroots operations. He also has worked on various political campaigns throughout the Midwest. He was political director of the Republican Party of Minnesota and served as field director for former senator John McCain’s presidential campaign from 2006-2008. He graduated from Iowa State in 2005 with a degree in political science.

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