CINCINNATI -- AdvancePierre Foods Inc. has appointed John N. Simons Jr. president and chief executive. He succeeds Bill Toler, who served in the company's top spot since November 2008.
AdvancePierre produces packaged sandwiches, fully cooked and raw beef, chicken and pork products, and bakery products. Simons brings more than 20 years of food, agribusiness and CPG experience to his post at AdvancePierre.
Simons, 52, previously served as president and chief executive of Swift & Co. Inc., a $10 billion global red meats processing company. Earlier in his career, he was president and chief operating officer of several divisions of ConAgra Foods Inc. and spent nearly a decade in executive positions at Cargill Inc.
He was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Swim Team.