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Foremost Farms selects new CEO

BARABOO, Wis. -- 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.

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.” Doyle will officially become president and CEO on Oct. 1. Fuhrmann will remain for a transition period through the end of the year.

David Fuhrmann became the second president of Foremost Farms USA on Sept. 1, 2001. He is a 40-year veteran of the dairy industry. Prior to serving as the cooperative’s president, Fuhrmann was vice president of Foremost Farms’ cheese division. He also led the cooperative’s engineering department at its Baraboo, Wis., headquarters served as the specialty products division manager.  

Before joining Foremost Farms, Doyle was the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, LLC, responsible for finance, information technology and the operational functions of the company. Prior to that, Doyle spent over 11 years with Land O’Lakes.