Leitch is currently group vice president of Hormel Foods and president of Jennie-O Turkey Store. In his new role, he will lead procurement, manufacturing, logistics, research and development, and quality development for Hormel.
Leitch joined Jennie-O Turkey Store in 1996 and was promoted to senior vice president of the commodity-and-supply division in 2001. In 2011, he was named general manager and then promoted to president later that year.
The appointment solidifies Hormel Foods’ plan to make its supply chain a “strategic competitive advantage, while optimizing it to deliver sustainable long-term growth,” the company said.