MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO — Curtis Frank has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. He succeeds Michael McCain, who is stepping down after 25 years at the helm but will remain executive chairman of the board. The transition represents the final step in a detailed succession plan announced last year.

“I am incredibly proud and humbled to lead this great Canadian food company,” Frank said. “From my roots growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan to building my career here at Maple Leaf Foods, food and agriculture have always been at the center of my life.”

Frank has been with Maple Leaf for more than 23 years, including the past four-plus years as chief operating officer. Other positions he has held during his tenure include senior vice president of retail sales, vice president and general manager, senior director of customer business development, account manager and sales representative/territory manager.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Regina.

“Curtis is a remarkable leader,” McCain said. “He stands out in every dimension of our leadership values and has a track record of success delivered through his extraordinary skill in connecting with people. He has the unwavering commitment of my entire family, who will continue to be deeply connected to Maple Leaf Foods as owner/operator shareholders. Curtis and I have executed a meticulous transition, and he knows every inch of this company. He has earned this role and will carry forward our purpose with passion. I know that his extensive tenure at the helm of Maple Leaf Foods will be astonishing in its achievements.”