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As vice president and corporate secretary, Brian Johnson handles all aspects of corporate governance, as well as securities and financing matters for Hormel Foods Corporation. He also serves on the disclosure, compliance, corporate responsibility, and employee benefits committees.

Hormel Foods is a global branded food company with over $12 billion in annual revenue across more than 75 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 has been named on the “Global 2000 World’s Best Employers” list by Forbes magazine for three straight years, is one of Fortune magazine’s most admired food companies, has appeared on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” list and was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek, among other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts.

Johnson started with Hormel Foods in 1995 as a corporate attorney and was promoted to senior attorney in 2000. He was promoted to assistant secretary in 2005 and to corporate secretary in 2007. Johnson was named vice president and corporate secretary in 2010.

He is a 1983 graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he received a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, with majors in accounting, finance and real estate/insurance, and minors in economics and political science. He earned certified public accountant designation in 1984. Johnson graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif with a J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1991. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, and Society for Corporate Governance.

Johnson volunteers in the local community, serving on a variety of civic and church boards and committees.

Fast Facts

Juris Doctor Degree
University of Minnesota Law School
law scales
Minnesota State Bar
Years with Hormel Foods
first job
1st Hormel Foods Job
Corporate Attorney, Legal Dept

Brian’s Favorite Product


Hormel Foods, to Brian

  • Quality
  • Innovative
  • Reliable

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