RESTON, Va. -- The American Meat Institute has named Richard G. Searer, group vice president, Kraft Foods North America, and president of Oscar Mayer Foods, Madison, Wis., chairman of the trade organization for the next year.
, will serve as treasurer.
Robert Manly, president and chief executive officer of farm and processing plant operations for Premium Standard Farms, Kansas City, Mo., will serve as secretary.
Phil Clemens, president and CEO of Hatfield, Hatfield, Pa., and AMI's 2001 chairman, becomes immediate past chairman. J. Patrick Boyle was re-elected by the AMI membership to serve a 14th year as the organization's president and CEO.