Butterball has named Kerry Doughty as the company’s President and CEO effective May 5, 2014. As CEO, Doughty will be responsible for overseeing the company’s business strategy and operations, and will leverage more than 30 years of experience in the food industry.
Doughty joined Butterball in 2007 as Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Innovation and has proven himself as a key leader within the company and poultry industry. In his role as Executive Vice President, Doughty held responsibility for Butterball’s domestic and international retail and foodservice customer relationships, oversaw all marketing and public relations initiatives, and led new product and innovation development. Prior to his seven years with Butterball, Doughty served for more than 25 years in customer service, sales, and brand marketing roles of increasing responsibility, including leadership positions with large consumer brands such as Perdue Farms, Hardee’s, and Wilson Foods.
Doughty succeeds Rod Brenneman, who has fulfilled his three-year commitment to develop Butterball’s long-term vision for the organization. During his time with Butterball, Brenneman made a positive impact upon the company and leaves Butterball as a more integrated and efficient organization that is well positioned for continued growth and profitability well into the future.