Ronald M. Cameron, Chairman of Mountaire Corporation has named Paul Downes, as president and CEO of Mountaire Farms Inc. Downes, who has a history of leadership and success in the poultry industry, succeeds Dave Pogge, who remains as a member of the Mountaire Corporation Board of Directors.

Downes has worked for Mountaire Farms for more than 34 years in positions of increasing responsibility most recently as COO and previously as vice president of live operations.

Mountaire Farms Inc is a vertically integrated food processing company with more than 6,500 employees in Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina. Mountaire’s products include fresh chicken products sold into the retail, industrial, food service, and export supply chains.