Keira Lombardo
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Smithfield, VA

"The amalgamation of people, materials and machines working in concert to produce a tangible end product is fascinating to me. The manufacturing environment is fast paced where no day is the same as the last. I am always learning something new.”

Keira has worked in a range of roles since starting with Smithfield Foods in 2002, developing exceptional technical and interpersonal skills which make her ideally suited to her current role where she provides senior leadership in sustainability, government affairs, corporate communications and investor relations for the company. 
Among other things, she has been instrumental in accomplishing Smithfield's realignment of its organization and key senior management, unifying all of its independent operating companies, brands, marketing, and more than 48,000 employees around the world under one corporate umbrella to accelerate the company's growth and further its mission of providing "Good food. Responsibly." 
Keira has shared her skills in a variety of mentoring situations, both informal and structured, including an especially effective mentoring partnership with an individual who has become the company’s spokesperson to the media.  She is a regular lecturer at and mentor for students participating in the Smithfield Leadership Institute and Emerging Leaders programs which target employees with management potential and help to prepare them for new roles with greater levels of responsibility.
She also actively gives back to the local community through the organization’s charitable programs, including the An Achievable Dream program, a Virginia-based organization with the mission to provide economically disadvantaged students with the tools and resources they need to succeed in life and become successful, productive citizens.  Keira also works with the Helping Hungry Homes program which provided 13.7 million servings of food through food banks, school nutrition programs, disaster relief, and community outreach programs.

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