As senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) for Hormel Foods, Jim Sheehan oversees all financial areas of Hormel Foods Corporation, including accounting, information technology, internal audit, investor relations and treasury.
Sheehan began his career in 1978 as an accountant at the Fremont Plant. The same year, he moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, and became the manager of data processing, billing and invoices. Two years later, he became the manager of general accounting and claims in Fort Dodge, and then moved to Algona, Iowa, to become the controller. In 1986, he moved to Kenosha, Wis., in the role of controller. In 1988, he became the corporate credit manager at the Corporate Office, and in 1996, became the corporate manager of credit and claims. In 1998, he became the president of Hormel Financial Services and a year later became the treasurer. He advanced to vice president and controller in 2000. Sheehan was named chief accounting officer in March 2016 and assumed his current role in October 2016.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Missouri Western State University (St. Joseph, Mo.), and is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis).
In addition to his professional involvement, Sheehan is an active member of the community as the treasurer of the Austin Area Catholic School Foundation. He is also a former board member of the Austin Country Club, Mower County Red Cross, the Mower County United Way and the Austin Public Library. Sheehan is involved in the Financial Executive Institute and the Institute of Management Accountants.