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Smithfield Foods' Keira Lombardo Appointed to State Panel Charged With Solving Hunger and Promoting Agriculture

SMITHFIELD, Va., Jan. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed Smithfield Foods executive Keira L. Lombardo to serve on his administration's Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide.

Lombardo, of Williamsburg, serves as Smithfield's senior vice president of corporate affairs. Lombardo has also served as vice president of investor relations and public communication for WH Group in Hong Kong, parent company of Smithfield Foods. Prior to that, she was Smithfield's vice president of investor relations and corporate communications.

"I am honored to work with this public-private partnership that is tasked with helping to ensure that all of Virginia's children and families have access to nutritional food and healthy lifestyles," Lombardo said. "Those have been two of my company's chief goals."

The Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide was created by Gov. McAuliffe to help solve childhood hunger in the Commonwealth, promote Virginia's agriculture economy and support local programs related to community nutrition, food access and health strategies.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $14 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, John Morrell®, Kretschmar®, Curly's®, Carando®, Margherita® and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com and www.smithfieldcommitments.com

CONTACT: Kathleen Kirkham Smithfield Foods, Inc. (757) 365-1965 kathleenkirkham@smithfieldfoods.com

Source:Smithfield Foods, Inc.