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Organic Valley Appoints Shawna Nelson as Executive Vice President of Membership; Travis Forgues and Jeff Frank Share

Organic Valley Appoints Shawna Nelson as Executive Vice President of Membership; Travis Forgues and Jeff Frank Share


LA FARGE, WI
Friday, October 27th, 2023

Wielding expertise from her extensive tenure with the popular dairy provider, Shawna Nelson is stepping us as Organic Valley’s new Executive Vice President of Membership.

Shawna Nelson, Executive Vice President of Membership, Organic Valley“I am honored and elated to take the next step with the cooperative and continue serving its mission to create a stable economic model for organic family farms,” Nelson said. “Since 2005, I’ve known Organic Valley is the place I am meant to be. I look forward to working more closely with CEO Jeff Frank, the rest of our executive leadership team, board members, farmer-members, and teams across the cooperative to realize the immense potential for Organic Valley’s continued growth and success.”

Nelson has been a vital contributor to the dairy brand’s ongoing growth, building her experience from intern to Vice President over the span of 18 years. She began her career at Organic Valley in 2005 as a Human Resources intern before moving to various roles in marketing, sales analysis, recruitment, employee relations, field operations, and dairy pool management, a press release explained.

Organic Valley has hired Shawna Nelson as its newest Executive Vice President of Membership

Most recently, she served as Vice President of Dairy Pool, where she oversaw membership functions such as hauling, regional pool management, scheduling, forecasting, milk handlers, and dairy payroll.

As EVP of Membership, Nelson will be responsible for the cooperative’s farmer-member touchpoints and all the farmer pools within the organization. Nelson’s appointment to this EVP role began on October 23, 2023, as current EVP of Membership Travis Forgues begins his transition to Hidden Springs Creamery and their family farm on November 3.

Travis Forgues, Current Executive Vice President of Membership, Organic Valley“After 25 years as a part of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, wearing both farmer and leadership hats, I’m eager to shift focus to my family farm and our artisan sheep dairy and cheeses, Hidden Springs Creamery,” Forgues said. “Shawna Nelson and I have worked closely together for many years, and I’m confident she’s become the perfect torchbearer for our community. I’m looking forward to this next chapter and to seeing how she leads our membership into the future.”

Chief Executive Officer Jeff Frank commented on this transition.

Abed Abdo, Chief Financial Officer, Organic Valley“We are thrilled to grow leadership from within the cooperative and appoint Shawna to her new role,” Frank said. “Her substantial experience in leading and supporting our farmers and her demonstrated commitment to the mission of this cooperative make her a powerful leader for our team, and for the agricultural sector in the U.S. more broadly. Shawna has strong skills, a track record of success, necessary knowledge, and a clear mission focus. I know she will make a meaningful difference working together with the farmers who own this cooperative.”

Join us in congratulating Shawna Nelson on her newest executive title!

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