The Foremost Farms USA® board of directors announced that Greg Schlafer will join the dairy cooperative as president and CEO on December 2, 2019. Schlafer assumes leadership of the company following the retirement of Michael Doyle. Schlafer brings more than 25 years of experience in the food industry and a proven track record of business and leadership success to his role at Foremost.
Schlafer most recently served as vice president, food group sales & marketing at J.R. Simplot Company where he transformed the front end of the food processor’s business. J.R. Simplot is a privately held agribusiness firm with products marketed in more than 40 countries. Prior to that, he was president of Lamb Weston, a division of ConAgra Foods, Inc. Schlafer lead the Lamb Weston business, including 22 potato processing plants in six countries and more than $3 billion in annual sales. Schlafer started his career at General Mills where he assumed roles of increasing responsibility including vice president & general manager, bakeries & foodservice division.
Schlafer has served on several boards including the International Dairy, Deli & Bakery Association, and the North American Millers Association. He earned his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota.