Former CFO of Jennie-O Turkey Store retires after 34 years with Hormel Foods

Gary Jamison is retiring after a 34-year career with Hormel Foods, which includes four years as vice president and chief financial officer at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar.

Entrance to Jennie-O Turkey Store office in Willmar
The entrance to Jennie-O Turkey Store office in Willmar in a file photo.
Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune file photo

AUSTIN — Hormel Foods announced in a news release Tuesday that Gary Jamison, vice president and treasurer, is retiring after 34 years with the food company whose brands include Jennie-O Turkey Store, based in Willmar. Jamison had previously served as vice president and CFO of Jennie-O.

Succeeding him as Hormel vice president and treasurer will be Florence Makope.

Hormel Foods Vice President and Treasurer Gary Jamison is retiring after 34 years with the company.

Beginning his career in 1988 as an accountant at one of the Hormel Foods production facilities, Jamison moved to the company’s global headquarters in Austin, Minnesota, the following year, becoming an internal auditor. Throughout the years, he also served as a manager of production cost analysts and production costs, a corporate cost analyst, and a product manager and price administrator in marketing.

He later assumed the roles of manager of expense analysis and control, and manager of cost accounting for the company’s refrigerated foods business.

In 2003, Jamison became the business unit controller for the company’s former specialty foods business and then the vice president of finance at a subsidiary in California in 2006.


In 2012 he advanced to vice president and CFO of Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar before acquiring the vice president and treasurer position in 2016.

Florence Makope will be succeeding Gary Jamison as vice president and treasurer of Hormel Foods.

Makope has more than 20 years of finance and treasury experience, and will report to Jacinth Smiley, Hormel Foods executive vice president and chief financial officer, according to the news release.

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