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May 13, 2024

Former Hertz and Conagra general counsel joins Hormel

Colleen Batcheler is a food-industry legal veteran

Colleen Batcheler has been appointed senior vice president for external affairs and general counsel at Hormel Foods Corporation.

Batcheler was previously executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Hertz Global Holdings and before that was executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Conagra Brands.

In her new role, she oversees Hormel’s global legal and external affairs function, including corporate governance and securities, M&A, intellectual property, litigation, labor & employment and legislative & regulatory affairs. She reports to Jim Snee, the company’s board chair, president and CEO.

Batcheler joined Hertz in May 2022. She had previously been executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Conagra Brands since 2009. She spent 16 years with the company overseeing legal and governmental affairs. Before joining Conagra, she was vice president and corporate secretary at Albertsons and previously associate counsel with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and an associate with the law firm Jones Day.

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minnesota, owns brands such as Planters, Skippy, Spam and Applegate.

Snee says in a statement: ‘I’m thrilled to welcome Colleen to Hormel Foods as our new general counsel. She has a wealth of experience both inside and outside the food space and will bring invaluable insights to our company. With her track record of success, she will play a pivotal role in driving the company forward and helping us achieve our ambitious goals.’

Ben Maiden

Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Governance Intelligence, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance...