Change is in the air at Organic Valley, with the recent announcement that the company’s CEO, George Siemon, will be stepping down from the role he has held since 2016. Bob Kirchoff has been appointed by the cooperative’s board to carry out the company’s mission and business plan as interim CEO.
“It has been an honor to be a leader of Organic Valley from the beginning,” Siemon said in a press release. “Our cooperative is a beacon of light for the natural food community, agriculture, and all food-conscious people. I appreciate the opportunity to have been part of the team of employees, farmers, consumers, and all the many stakeholders who have worked for and allowed the co-op to become the accomplished vision it is today. I have been blessed by this experience and stand ready to help Organic Valley in any way I can in the future.”
Siemon helped start Organic Valley in 1988 with six other founders, and has since been a leader in the organic food movement and in the revitalization of rural communities through his efforts to create economic and environmental stability for smaller family farms. The company has grown revenues to over $1 billion annually under Siemon’s skilled leadership.
“We are indebted to George for his 30 years of service to Organic Valley, for saving countless families, and for creating a path for generations more to stay on their farms in the process,” said Board Chair Arnie Trussoni. “George has also created a culture of employees who work for the mission and are as dedicated as he is to making the cooperative succeed for the farmers, the environment, and the consumers. We are fortunate to have worked alongside a leader with his passion, intellect, creativity, and good partnership.”
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