Bo Manly: Smithfield Foods' Red-Meat Industry Maverick
The 30-year checkerboard career of Robert W. (Bo) Manly IV is a product of his various jobs in the beef-processing and cattle-feeding industries. He honed his management skills on the pork and beef sides of the business at IBP and Smithfield Foods. Premium Standard Farms (PSF) of Kansas City, Mo., recruited him in 1996 to serve as president and chief operating officer. This year in August he rejoined Smithfield, where he served as executive vice president from 1986 to 1994, after which he served as president and chief operating officer of Smithfield Packing Company and the company’s executive vice president a second time.