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Hormel Foods bolsters board with three key elections

Hormel Foods Corporation has elected three new members to its board of directors: Gary C. Bhojwani, chairman of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America; Sally J. Smith, president and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings; and Steven A. White, president, Comcast West Division.

“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 CEO of Hormel Foods.

Bhojwani is chairman of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America 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 CEO. 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 CEO of Minneapolis-based Buffalo Wild Wings, Smith 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 more than $2.8 billion. During the past 10 years, the company has achieved compounded annual revenue growth of 26% and compounded annual net income growth of more than 35%. 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 currently serves as the president of Comcast 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 7 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 Boulé and Colorado Forum.

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products.