July 31/Lincoln, Neb./Prepared FoodsMagazine -- Premium Protein Products announced that Kevin Miller, most recently chief financial officer of the company, has been named chief executive officer. Steve Sands will continue to lead development of the company’s strategy, corporate development and customer relationships as president and chairman of the board of directors.

Miller has over 14 years of experience in the meat industry having worked in a variety of operating and financial leadership positions. He joined Premium Protein in February of 2007 as chief financial officer with responsibility for the company’s financial reporting and aspects of its day-to-day operations.  Prior to joining Premium Protein, Miller worked for Koch Foods, a fully integrated chicken processor, as vice president of Operations and corporate controller.  

“Kevin has been instrumental in helping to drive operating excellence throughout Premium Protein since joining the company 18 months ago,” said Sands.  “With rising demand for source verified foods in the U.S. and Asia, including newly open channels into Korea, we are embarking on a period of significant growth. Kevin’s strong record of execution, both at Premium Products and at other companies, make him the right individual to lead the company through this next phase of expansion. I am confident that both we and Premium Protein’s customers can look forward to continued success under Kevin’s leadership.”

In addition to his new role, Miller will continue to oversee financial reporting as the company conducts a search for a new corporate controller.

From the September 2, 2008, Prepared Foods e-Flash