“We welcome Susan to the board and look forward to the thoughtful leadership and strategic direction she will provide our company,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods.
Nestegard is executive vice president of Global Healthcare at Ecolab Inc., headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. She joined the company in 2003 as senior vice president of research development and engineering and chief technical officer, and assumed her current position in 2008. Prior to joining Ecolab, Nestegard was a business director at 3M Company.
She was nominated to fill the seat created by the retirement of Luella G. Goldberg. Goldberg and Gary J. Ray, who became directors in 1993 and 1990, respectively, will retire effective after the Board of Director meeting on Nov. 23, 2009.
“We want to thank Luella and Gary for their invaluable leadership and insight,” Ettinger said. “We wish them the best in their retirements.”
Also effective Nov. 23, John G. Turner will replace Goldberg as lead director of the board.