Premium Protein Products has announced that Kevin Miller, most recently chief financial officer of the company, has been named CEO. 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 more than 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 2007 as CFO with responsibility for the company’s financial reporting and aspects of its day-to-day operations. Prior to joining the company,. Miller worked for Koch Foods 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.”

“Built on a commitment to quality, sustainable agricultural practices and strong partnerships with producers, Premium Protein has become a processor of choice within our industry,” said Miller. “Our patented source verification technologies, including Tracked RightTM and Raised RightTM, enable tracking all the way to the end consumer. These technical capabilities have set Premium Protein apart, enabling our processes and brands to be recognized around the world by customers who share our stringent product quality standards. I look forward to continue working with Steve and the Premium Protein team to build on these differentiators as we extend our market leadership and customer relationships.”

Miller will continue to oversee financial reporting as the company conducts a search for a new corporate controller.