As vice president of Hormel Foods and senior vice president of the consumer products sales (CPS) division, PJ Connor is responsible for all sales activities surrounding the Walmart business.
Connor joined Hormel Foods as a Grocery Products sales representative in 1996. He was promoted to various positions before being named Grocery Products district team leader in 2001. He held this position until 2004 when he became the director of the Albertsons business team. Connor advanced to director of customer development for the Central team for CPS in 2006 and was named vice president and senior vice president, consumer product sales in 2011. He assumed his current role in 2019.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Winona State University (Winona, Minn.) and is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). He has also attended the Food Industry Management Program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.).
Connor serves as executive sponsor for the Hormel Asian-American Professional Association, corporate sponsor for the Network of Executive Women, advisory board member for the Northwest Arkansas Network of Executive Women, and volunteers at the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter.
He and his wife, Barb, have a son and two daughters.