J. Michael Townsley

President and CEO, Post Refrigerated Retail

J. Michael Townsley is the President and CEO of Post Refrigerated Retail, a business unit of Post Holdings, Inc. The group includes Bob Evans Farms, Inc., the leading producer and distributor of refrigerated potato, pasta and vegetable-based side dishes, pork sausage and a variety of refrigerated and frozen convenience food, including under the Owens and Simply Potatoes brands. Mike served as the President and CEO of Bob Evans until it was acquired by Post Holdings in January 2018. Mike originally joined Bob Evans Farms, Inc. in 2003 as President and Chief Operating Officer of Owens Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. and advanced to lead the Bob Evans Foods group though the growth period that led the company to a 53 percent market share in refrigerated sides.


Prior to joining Bob Evans Farms Inc., Mike was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Premium Standard Farms, the largest fully integrated pork company in the country. His prior experience also includes three years at Smithfield Foods and 11 years with IBP Inc.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from The Ohio State University.


  • Board of Directors, Executive Committee, North American Meat Institute
  • Board of Directors, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation
  • (Past) Chairman of the Board, North American Meat Institute
  • (Past) Board of Directors, Ohio Grocer’s Association
  • (Past) Board of Directors, National Pork Producers Council
  • (Past) Board of Directors, Colorado Beef Board


  • The Ohio State University Animal Sciences Department’s Hall of Fame
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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