CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: APFH) (“AdvancePierre”), a
leading national producer and distributor of sandwiches, sandwich
components and other entrées and snacks, has named Linn Harson Senior
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective
August 1, 2016. Harson will oversee all legal, corporate governance and
compliance and reporting requirements for the company.
Harson was most recently a partner at the Dayton office of Thompson
Hine, a leading full-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys
across seven offices and a provider of legal services to AdvancePierre
for the last 25 years. Harson has actively worked with AdvancePierre
since 2005 and has been functioning as the company’s outside General
Counsel for the last several years.
“Linn has been a trusted advisor and resource for our team for a number
of years, and I look forward to having her legal expertise and business
acumen in-house as we start this exciting new chapter as a public
company,” said John Simons, AdvancePierre’s President and CEO.
AdvancePierre made its debut as a public company on the New York Stock
Exchange (NYSE) on July 15, 2016.
Harson joined Thompson Hine in 1998 and was most recently a partner in
the Corporate Transactions & Securities practice group and a member of
the firm’s Executive Committee. In addition to her involvement with
AdvancePierre, she served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of
Robbins & Myers, Inc., an NYSE-listed company, from 2009 until its sale
to National Oilwell Varco in 2013.
In addition to being listed in The Best Lawyers in America,
Harson received recognition as Best Lawyers 2014 Lawyers of the Year
in the area of Mergers & Acquisition Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree
from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the
University of Dayton School of Law, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude
and currently serves as a member of the school’s advisory council.
About AdvancePierre Foods
AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: APFH), headquartered in
Cincinnati, Ohio, is a leading national producer and distributor of
value-added, convenient, ready-to-eat sandwiches, sandwich components
and other entrées and snacks to a wide variety of distribution outlets
including foodservice, retail and convenience store providers. With
revenues of $1.6 billion in 2015 and more than 4,000 employees, the
Company offers a broad line of products across all day parts including:
ready-to-eat sandwiches, such as breakfast sandwiches, peanut butter and
jelly sandwiches and hamburgers; sandwich components, such as fully
cooked hamburger and chicken patties, and Philly steaks; and other
entrées and snacks, such as country-fried steak, stuffed entrées,
chicken tenders and cinnamon dough bites. A fund managed by Oaktree
Capital Management, L.P., a Los Angeles-based investment firm, is the
majority shareholder of AdvancePierre Foods.
Laura Phillips, 513-381-8347