Foremost Farms leadership named

Michael Doyle, Foremost Farms president and CEO, announced the promotion of two individuals to his executive leadership team.

Doyle began his new job on Oct. 1, following the retirement of Dave Fuhrmann. He named Jim Hamm to the newly created position of vice president-strategy and business development; and promoted Mark Graupman as vice president-finance.

Hamm joined Foremost Farms in 2008 as director of financial planning and analysis. He became director of strategic planning and investment in 2012. Prior to Foremost Farms, Hamm held a senior management position with a Minnesota-based private energy company.

Graupman, a 32-year veteran of Foremost Farms, served as director of finance and controller, involved in the day-to day-finance and accounting functions while overseeing a staff of 37. He has coordinated risk management activities and was instrumental in the development of business intelligence tools, the cooperative's Equity Investment Plan, and acquiring New Markets Tax Credit financing.

Foremost Farms USA (, headquartered in Baraboo, Wis., is a farmer- owned milk processing and marketing cooperative with annual sales of $1.8 billion. The nation's sixth-largest cooperative and number 25 in annual sales among the Top 100 U.S. dairy processors, Foremost Farms is a leading manufacturer and marketer of cheese, specialty whey ingredients, butter and bulk fluid milk to customers around the world.



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