Lori Marco is senior vice president of external affairs, and general counsel at Hormel Foods. In this role, Marco oversees law, legislative and regulatory affairs. She is the chief legal officer at Hormel Foods and leads all aspects of the company’s law department. Marco is also responsible for managing risk and overseeing all corporate transactions, litigation and corporate governance and securities.
Prior to joining Hormel Foods, Marco practiced at a private law firm in Minneapolis, where she concentrated on intellectual property litigation. She started her career at Hormel Foods in 2004 as a corporate attorney and was named senior attorney in 2007. In 2011, Marco was named vice president of external affairs and general counsel and was promoted to senior vice president in 2015.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of Minnesota-Morris, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Marco is also a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and the Leadership in Corporate Counsel Program at Harvard Law School. She is also a registered patent attorney.
She is a member of the following professional organizations: American Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, and American Intellectual Property Law Association. Marco also serves on the board of the Austin Public Education Foundation and is a trustee of the Minnesota Zoological Board of Directors.