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Hormel Foods Hires Makope To Succeed Jamison As VP And Treasurer


Austin, Minnesota-based Hormel Foods Corporation has announced that Gary Jamison, VP and treasurer, will be retiring after a 34-year career with the company. It has also appointed Florence Makope to succeed him.

Makope, who joins Hormel Foods with more than 20 years of finance and treasury experience, will report to Jacinth Smiley, EVP and chief financial officer.

“Gary has provided exceptional leadership to our financial organization, including in important areas such as risk, cash management, tax and credit,” said Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and CEO at Hormel Foods. “Over his 34-year career he has held many roles and we are grateful for the expertise he has brought to them all. 

“Notably, Gary was instrumental in implementing the company’s Project Orion systems, led the company’s new credit facility and the debt issuance of the financing for the acquisition of Planters in 2021. We wish him the very best in his well-deserved retirement and share our appreciation for his dedication, leadership and expertise over the years.”

“We are very excited to welcome Florence to Hormel Foods and to this important role. Florence is an experienced treasury professional who has an excellent background in finance, capital markets, treasury, tax and accounting and brings a wealth of global experience. I am confident she will be a strong addition to the finance team.”

Jamison began his career in 1988 as an accountant at one of the Hormel Foods production facilities. The next year, he moved to the company’s global headquarters as an internal auditor, then soon returned to the manufacturing environment as the manager of production cost analysts and production costs. 

Jamison returned to the corporate office to become a corporate cost analyst before moving into marketing as a product manager and price administrator, later assuming the roles of manager of expense analysis and control, and manager of cost accounting for the company’s Refrigerated Foods business. 

In 2003, he became the business unit controller for the company’s former Specialty Foods business and in 2006, the VP of finance at a subsidiary in California. He advanced to VP and CFO of the company’s Jennie-O Turkey Store business in Willmar, Minnesota, in 2012 and was named to his current role of VP and treasurer in 2016.

Prior to joining Hormel Foods, Makope was director of strategy deployment for Oshkosh Corporation, where she led the strategic planning process for the global manufacturing company. Prior to leading strategy, she was the company’s director of international finance. 

Before joining Oshkosh Corporation, Makope worked for Plexus Corp., as treasurer and assistant treasurer. Makope began her career at British American Tobacco, where she held the position of group treasury manager.

For more information, visit hormelfoods.com.

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