GREELEY, Colo. -- Swift & Company, the world's second-largest processor of fresh beef and pork products, today announced three senior-level executive appointments.

Rajan Nagarajan will join Swift March 16 as senior vice president and chief information officer. Currently the chief executive officer and managing partner of Kria Consulting, a leadership and management consulting firm, Nagarajan formerly served as chief information officer for Philips Medical Systems and the Kellogg Company.

David Marantes joins Swift today as vice president of purchasing, a newly created position. Marantes most recently served as vice president, global purchasing and supply chain management, at LexisNexis.

Effective today, Bill Trupkiewicz, Swift & Company's vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer, has been appointed acting chief financial officer pending completion of the search process currently under way for a permanent chief financial officer.

Also effective today, Danny Herron will step down as chief financial officer. On Nov. 16, 2005, Swift announced Herron's decision to leave the Company by September 19, 2006, the expiration date of his employment agreement, but to continue to serve in his current positions to support transition planning. Herron will remain available to advise the Company, as needed, through the balance of his employment term.

With nearly $10 billion in annual sales, Swift & Company is the world's second-largest processor of fresh beef and pork. Founded in 1855 and headquartered in Greeley, Colo., Swift processes, prepares, packages, markets, and delivers fresh, further processed and value-added beef and pork products to customers in the United States and international markets.

SOURCE: Swift & Company via Market Wire.