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Ralph C. Stayer
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
Elected in 2002
Audit Committee
Finance Committee
Independent

Mr. Stayer is the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Johnsonville Sausage, LLC. He joined the retail meat and sausage business in 1965 and immediately began building the wholesale operation, which was spun off into a separate company in 1968. The company is now known as Johnsonville Sausage, LLC. Mr. Stayer has served as the CEO since 1980.

Mr. Stayer’s involvement in the business has resulted in many accomplishments, including leading Johnsonville into a nationally recognized brand while establishing a renowned business operation method that creates teamwork focused on delivering exceptional results and developing exceptional talent at all levels.

Mr. Stayer was named CEO of the Year by Tom Peters in 1988 and was runner up for the national Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000. Johnsonville was featured in The Leadership Alliance - the largest selling management video of all time.

In 1990, Mr. Stayer established the Leadership Dynamics consulting firm, which specializes in coaching leaders of large organizations on strategy and execution through people. In 1990, Mr. Stayer wrote How I Learned to Let My Workers Lead that was published in the Harvard Business Review - one of their top 100 most reprinted articles - and in 1993 he co-authored the business bestseller Flight of the Buffalo, published by Warner Books.

Mr. Stayer is a member of the board of trustees of Boston College.

Mr. Stayer graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance.