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Idaho Milk Products CEO sets retirement; replacement named

Kent Giddings is retiring as the company’s general manager and CEO after a seven-year tenure.
Carol Ryan Dumas

Capital Press

Published on October 27, 2017 10:49AM

Last changed on October 30, 2017 9:53AM

Kent Giddings, right, outgoing general manager and CEO of Idaho Milk Products, shakes hands with incoming CEO Daragh Maccabee at the company’s facility in Jerome, Idaho.

Idaho Milk Products

Kent Giddings, right, outgoing general manager and CEO of Idaho Milk Products, shakes hands with incoming CEO Daragh Maccabee at the company’s facility in Jerome, Idaho.


Idaho Milk Products announced a changing of the guard on Friday, stating in a press release that Daragh Maccabee will take over the reins when Kent Giddings retires on Nov. 10.

Along with a distinguished 27-year career, including 18 years at Glanbia plc, Maccabee brings a solid understanding of the dairy industry and its participants to his position at Idaho Milk Products, the company stated.

He joined Idaho Milk Products on Oct. 23.

Maccabee was previously the senior vice president of procurement and dairy economics at Glanbia Nutritionals as well as executive vice president and CFO of the company’s U.S. cheese and whey operations in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Since 2014, he has served on the board of Southwest Cheese, a joint venture between Glanbia and dairy farmers in New Mexico. Before joining Glanbia, he worked for Coca-Cola in establishing production facilities in Russia and the Gresham Hotel Group in Central Europe.

“I look forward to joining Idaho Milk Products and helping the team to build on their successes and together achieve new levels of excellence,” Maccabee said in the press release.

“I feel privileged to bring a wealth of experience from Glanbia to my new role and for the opportunity to grow Idaho Milk Products’ business and continue to contribute to the dairy industry in Idaho,” he said.

Giddings is retiring after a seven-year tenure as the company’s general manager and CEO.

“It has been an honor to help this wonderful company grow for the past seven years. I am happy to say that the company is prosperous, we have world class customers, ownership, products and employees and the future is bright,” he said.

Maccabee is a graduate of the Dublin Business School and Griffith College Dublin and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Idaho Milk Products is a privately held international milk processor, owned by two Idaho dairies and located in Jerome, Idaho. It supplies more than 40 million pounds of milk protein concentrate and isolate, milk permeate and cream annually to global food and nutrition companies.



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