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Rob Connelly is chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of employee-owned Henny Penny Corporation, a foodservice equipment manufacturer providing equipment and solutions to top global chains in more than 100 countries worldwide through trusted partnerships, exceptional quality, extensive services, and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction.


Henny Penny is 100% employee-owned, with decisions, priorities, and engagement intentionally rooted in the company's origins in Eaton, Ohio. Built on timeless values and a deep, rich culture, the company’s continued success and growth are driven by a perfect blend of people-focused culture, manufacturing expertise, and an operating philosophy that prioritizes a long view.


Rob is dedicated to advancing Henny Penny’s founding vision and values to sustain a thriving company that’s the best place to work and grow for generations to come. A servant leader, he is steadfastly committed to significantly impacting people and enabling individual and company growth through well-being and ownership.


Rob was elected chairman of the Board of Directors in 2020. He became CEO in 2014 and, prior to that, was named president in 2007. He joined the company in 2005 as Vice President of Marketing.


Under his leadership, the company has achieved record sales and profitable growth while making significant investments for the future.


Rob previously worked at VeriFone, holding several key leadership roles with responsibility for operations, sales, and marketing.



Rob earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing from the University of Kentucky.


Professional and Civic

Rob is a member of the Ohio Business Roundtable. He serves on the boards of directors of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., and the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM). Rob also serves on the boards of trustees of Sinclair Community College and Dayton Children’s Hospital and as a member of the board of advisors for Shook Construction.

Rob Connelly

Rob Connelly

Chairman and CEO

Henny Penny Corporation

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