San Francisco — 4505 Meats has appointed Erik Havlick CEO and Greg O’Neal CMO. Havlick and O’Neal had served as Board Advisors for 4505 Meats prior to accepting the CEO and CMO roles.
Prior to 4505, the pair served on the executive team at Thanasi Foods. Havlick, along with his brother, originally co-founded Duke’s Freshly Craft Smoked Meats and BIGS Sunflower Seeds. O’Neal joined the team as a partner and head of marketing. Duke’s and BIGS were both acquired by Conagra in 2017.
“I have always made it a priority to surround myself with leaders that are inspired by our craft and highly motivated to evolve personally and professionally. After 12 years of running a successful snack business, I feel it’s time to pass the torch,” says chef, butcher, author and company founder Ryan Farr.
Farr will focus on growing his restaurant business and working on his third book, while staying heavily involved in the 4505 Meats snack business, the company reports. With Havlick as CEO, Farr will assume the role of chairman of the board and “Chef in Chief” and will continue to develop products for the brand.