“We welcome Gary, Sally and Steve to our board and look forward to their valuable input and contributions to the growth and success of Hormel Foods,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods.
Bhojwani, 46, is chairman of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) and a member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE with responsibility for Insurance in the USA. In this role, Bhojwani is responsible for overseeing both Allianz Life and Fireman’s Fund® Insurance Company. Bhojwani joined Allianz Life in 2007 as president and chief executive officer and drove a considerable increase in operating profit while significantly improving employee morale, resulting in top workplace awards in 2010 and 2011. He currently serves as a director on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Teach for America Twin Cities, the American Council of Life Insurers, and the Financial Services Roundtable. In addition, he is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
As president and chief executive officer of Minneapolis-based Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Smith, 56, leads one of the nation’s fastest-growing national restaurant chains, which includes more than 1,030 restaurants in the United States, Canada and Mexico with system-wide revenue of over $ 2.8 billion. Over the past ten years, the company has achieved compounded annual revenue growth of 26 percent and compounded annual net income growth of more than 35 percent. Smith served as the 2011 chairman of the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors. She is a director of Alerus Financial Corporation, Allina Health System and is also a member of World Presidents Organization and Women Corporate Directors.
White, 53, currently serves as the president of Comcast’s West Division. In this role, he is the senior executive responsible for all Comcast cable operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Texas and Wisconsin. He leads nearly 28,000 employees and serves more than seven million customers, driving annual revenue of nearly $13 billion. White currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Comcast Foundation, COMPAC, WICT Northern California and Denver Scholarship Foundation. In addition, he serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), Delta Boule’ and Colorado Forum.