Leading organic food brand Organic Valley announced Tuesday that George Siemon, a founding farmer and its CEO, has stepped down.
La Farge, Wis.-based Organic Valley, founded in 1988 is the nation’s largest, organic farmer-owned cooperative, representing more than 2,000 farmers in 35 states.
The company produces and markets organic dairy, eggs and produce, generating $1.1 billion in sales in 2017. OV’s sales and earnings for 2018 have not yet been released.
“30 years! Seems like enough?” Melissa Hughes, OV’s chief mission officer, replied to Sustainable Food News when asked why Siemon was stepping down.
The board has appointed Robert Kirchoff, who joined Organic Valley in 2016 as chief business officer, as interim CEO.
“It has been an honor to be a leader of Organic Valley from the beginning,” Siemon said in a statement. “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 stake holders who have worked for and allowed the coop 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.”