The Foremost Farms USA® board of directors has selected Michael Doyle as president and chief executive officer of the cooperative. Doyle will succeed David Fuhrmann, who will retire at the end of 2014.
Michael Doyle is currently the cooperative’s CFO/vice president-finance. He joined
Foremost Farms on March 19, 2007. Doyle is responsible for the cooperative’s accounting/tax, finance, strategic analysis/investments and information technology functions.
“As Foremost Farms approaches its 20th anniversary, Dave Fuhrmann’s leadership (and that of his predecessor) created a very solid dairy business that meets the changing needs of our member-owners,” said Doyle. “Going forward, it is my responsibility to provide leadership to conquer challenges that come with increasingly volatile dairy markets and global competition, while embracing our cooperative principles and growing the business for the hard-working dairy farmers who own Foremost Farms.”
David Scheevel, chairman of the board, was part of the team that selected Doyle. “We had several excellent internal and outside candidates for this position making for a difficult decision. Mike has a progressive vision for the cooperative and will continue the work that Dave has started and fostered. I have the utmost respect for both men and have confidence the future is in talented hands.”
Fuhrmann adds, “While the time was right for me to retire, I do so knowing that we are looking at a bright future and the next leader of Foremost Farms will work tirelessly on behalf of the dairy farmer-members of this cooperative. It has been my sincere pleasure to work my entire career for dairy farmers. I would also like to say that I completely support Mike and wish him the very best in this new role.”
Doyle will officially become president and CEO on Oct. 1. Fuhrmann will remain for a transition period through the end of the year.