Smithfield Foods announced the promotion of Deputy General Counsel Tennille Checkovich to general counsel.

Checkovich, who brings 20 years of litigation and risk mitigation experience to the role, will report to Chief Legal Officer Mike Flemming.

Checkovich joined Smithfield in 2020 and most recently served as the company’s deputy general counsel for litigation. In her new role as general counsel, she is responsible for managing all litigation involving the company, overseeing risk mitigation efforts related to a wide range of regulatory and compliance issues, and assisting the chief legal officer with management of the legal team.

Prior to joining Smithfield, Checkovich was an equity partner at McGuireWoods in its business and securities litigation department. She previously served as an attorney at law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, handling securities litigation and white-collar defense issues.