Grocery Industry Icons & Innovators
President of Consumer Products Sales
“Independently, Inspired People, Inspired Food are merely 4 common words, but when worded together they challenge, excite, and drive action and positive results. Likewise, Hormel Foods is merely a compilation of many common functional areas and departments that every company possesses, but it is how these independently accountable functional areas and departments work simultaneously together to challenge, excite, and drive the same desired results that sets Hormel Foods apart.”
As group vice president and president of consumer products sales at Hormel Foods, PJ Connor is responsible for all sales activities. Hormel Foods is a global branded food company with over $11.4 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 countries worldwide. Hormel Foods is a member of the S&P 500 Index and has been designated a S&P 500 Dividend King. Its brands include Planters®, SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Columbus®, WHOLLY® Guacamole, Hormel® Black Label® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named on the “Global 2000 World’s Best Employers” list by Forbes magazine for three years, is one of Fortune magazine’s most admired companies, has appeared on the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list by 3BL Media 13 times, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts.
Connor joined Hormel Foods as a Grocery Products sales representative in 1996. He was promoted to various positions before being named Grocery Products district team leader in 2001. He held this position until 2004 when he became the director of the Albertsons business team. Connor advanced to director of customer development for the Central team for CPS in 2006 and was named vice president and senior vice president, consumer product sales in 2011. He assumed his current role in 2019.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Winona State University (Winona, Minn.) and is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). He has also attended the Food Industry Management Program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.).
Connor serves as executive sponsor for the Hormel Asian-American Professional Association, corporate sponsor for the Network of Executive Women, advisory board member for the Northwest Arkansas Network of Executive Women, and volunteers at the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter.
He and his wife, Barb, have a son and two daughters.