ST. LOUIS — Joe Micheletto is retiring from his position as vice-chairman of the board of directors for Ralcorp Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Micheletto’s retirement is effective Jan. 20, and he has been with the company and its predecessor for 46 years.

"Joe has played a pivotal role in the company’s evolution, and he has served as a mentor to many of us," said Kevin J. Hunt, Ralcorp’s co-chief executive officer and president. "His insight, judgment and dedication have been invaluable to the company, its board of directors and its employees. We have a deep appreciate for his many and varied contributions."