Foremost Farms USA announced that Michael Doyle will retire as Foremost Farms President and Chief Executive Officer by the end of the year. Doyle was appointed President and CEO of the farmer-owned dairy cooperative in 2014. Foremost Farms will conduct a search for a new president and CEO beginning immediately. Doyle cited a desire to spend more time with family as his primary decision to retire.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Mike for his many years of service to our organization. Mike is a well-known dairy industry leader,” said Dave Scheevel, Foremost Farms Chairman of the Board. “We thank Mike for his service, dedication, and commitment to our members and the dairy industry as a whole.”
During the nearly five years that Doyle served as President and CEO he formed an alliance with Michigan Milk Producers Association, executed the successful sale of the company’s Rothschild facility, and oversaw the construction of the cooperative’s new Greenville, Michigan, state-of-the-art milk processing plant. Doyle also lead standardizations across the company’s plant network.
“It’s been a sincere privilege to lead Foremost Farms during a period of innovation and change,” said Doyle. “I’m thankful for the contributions from our member-owners and employees who have implemented our vision by executing a progressive business model and creating tailored milk solutions. We strive to make the most of our member’s milk solids, and we have collectively worked to position the cooperative for success.”
Doyle retires with more than 20 years in the food industry. He joined Foremost Farms in 2007 as Senior Vice President-Finance/CFO. Prior to joining Foremost Farms, he held leadership positions with Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, LLC, and Land O’Lakes, Inc. Doyle is a board member of the International Dairy Foods Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Cheese Institute, and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.