Diane Kurrle, vice president of public affairs at the U.S. Apple Association, has been named interim president and CEO.
The association’s board approved her appointment at the close of the its annual national and international crop outlook conference in Chicago, Aug. 24, said Bill Dodd, board chairman and president of an Ohio fruit marketing organization.
The board had hoped to announce the appointment of a new permanent president and CEO at the conference, but a candidate who was offered the job took another position elsewhere, Dodd said.
“So we are starting over in our search,” he said. “We’re hoping now to interview someone in November and have someone on board by the first of the year.”
Kurrle has been with U.S. Apple about 10 years. She succeeds Nancy Foster, who is leaving Sept. 1 after 11 years with the association. Foster’s departure became public in late June, apparently after the board decided earlier in the month not to renew her contract.
Five of the association’s 25 board members are serving on a search committee.
U.S. Apple is located in Vienna, Va., near the nation’s capital, and represents 7,500 apple growers and more than 1,000 firms from 40 states and regional apple associations. It represents the industry on national legislative issues, provides information on production and promotes health benefits of apples. It operates with a staff of six on a $2 million annual budget, 60 percent of which is provided by the Washington state apple industry, the largest apple-producing state.