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2011 AMI International Meat, Poultry and Seafood Industry Convention and Exposition Unveils General Session Speakers

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Washington, D.C., July 27, 2010 —  Two renowned leaders with global insights will headline general sessions at the 2011 Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention and Exposition, to be held April 13-16, 2011, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill.

Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), will headline the first general session, scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, from at 10:30 a.m. Hayden will discuss the political situations in the hot spots in every corner of the world, analyze the tumultuous global environment and what it all means for the American people and America’s interests.

After nearly forty years in the U.S. Air Force, General Hayden became director of the CIA in May of 2006, capping a career in service to the United States. Originally appointed by President Bill Clinton to the post of director of the National Security Agency (NSA), General Hayden became the longest-tenured NSA director, serving from 1999-2005.

From April of 2005 to May of 2006, General Hayden was the number one military intelligence officer in the country, serving as deputy director of National Intelligence. In this capacity, he oversaw the entire intelligence community, including the CIA, NSA, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. He directed all four agencies to make them work as a unit while maintaining the specialties and unique qualities that made them successful.

Carlos Gutierrez, former CEO and chairman of the board at Kellogg Company and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is scheduled to address attendees during the second general session on Friday, Friday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. Gutierrez will share with attendees the challenges facing global business and the ways in which leadership, diversity, innovation, values, and education are integral to international success.

Few people have achieved as much success building a brand as Carlos Gutierrez. The son of Cuban immigrants who began his career selling Kellogg’s cereal to small grocery stores in Mexico City, he eventually rose to become the youngest CEO in the 100-year history of Kellogg Company.

In 2005, he was tapped by President George W. Bush to be the 35th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. During his tenure as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Gutierrez made it a top priority to open global markets for U.S. companies, ensuring continuous innovation and competition to build a stronger American economy. Resuming his international outreach, now in the service of his country, he regularly traveled to visit with foreign government and business leaders to discuss ways to enhance trade and promote U.S. exports.

Gutierrez played a key role in the passage of CAFTA-DR, a landmark agreement that strips away trade barriers, expands export opportunities and boosts hope and opportunity throughout Latin America.

Gutierrez’s current role is as founder and Chairman of Global Political Strategies (GPS), an international strategic consulting service and a division of APCO Worldwide, a Washington-based global communications firm. He also serves on the boards of Motorola, Occidental Petroleum and United Technologies.

The AMI Expo will attracts approximately 500 exhibitors and 10,000 industry leaders, who display the latest equipment, packaging, ingredients, supplies and services for processors of meat, poultry and seafood.  Food processing professionals from over 100 countries attend the AMI Expo to find solutions spanning the entire manufacturing process - from receiving and blending to processing and packaging to material handling and distribution. Attendees visit interactive displays with exhibits featuring equipment in motion -  offering everything that meat, poultry, and seafood processing and packaging companies need to run more efficiently, create new products and improve profitability.

For more information on the 2011 AMI Expo, go to http://www.amiexpo.com/.

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