Keira Lombardo joined Smithfield Foods in 2002 and assumed her current position as Chief Administrative Officer in late 2020. Based at the global food company’s headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia, she leads the company’s administrative operations, including corporate communications, external affairs, government affairs, human resources, investor relations, legal and sustainability functions. Mrs. Lombardo is responsible for enhancing the company’s reputation and brand and creating internal strategic alignment among its 55,000 global team members. Her duties include forging strong and lasting relationships with the company’s stakeholders.
The company’s principal spokesperson with various internal and external stakeholders, Mrs. Lombardo is responsible for developing, communicating, and executing a number of strategic initiatives as well. Among them is Smithfield’s acclaimed sustainability program. She also serves as a liaison with the U.S. investors of WH Group, Smithfield’s publicly traded parent company, and leads Smithfield’s Charitable Giving Committee.
A New Jersey native, Mrs. Lombardo graduated in 2002 from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Bachelor of Science in finance. She joined Smithfield in its New York City office soon after as a corporate finance assistant. Mrs. Lombardo has held a variety of leadership positions, including vice president of investor relations and corporate communications. She held that position for WH Group in Hong Kong as well during its initial public offering. Prior to taking on her current role, she was executive vice president of corporate affairs and compliance.
Mrs. Lombardo serves on the boards of several industry organizations, including The National Association of Manufacturers and The North American Meat Institute. She is also a board member of An Achievable Dream, a nationally recognized educational nonprofit dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed, which works to level the playing field for students in under-served communities by providing additional tools and opportunities to equip students for success.