Federation shuffles positions to better adapt to future challenges


Capital Press

National Milk Producers Federation plans to reorganize its staff to better meet the challenges of 2010.

Despite a devastating year in the industry, the member-funded cooperative is not reacting to a loss of funding but continued challenges to the industry, said Chris Galen, senior vice president of communications.

"We're shifting some resources around," he said.

Milk price volatility, increased costs, increases in government regulations and marketplace pressures will all continue to be serious issues for the industry.

"This reorganization will strengthen NMPF's expertise in all areas vital to its member cooperatives," said Jerry Kozak, president and CEO of the federation.

The only new hire is Beth Briczinski, who will be the director of dairy foods and nutrition, Galen said. The hire is aimed at bolstering National Milk's capabilities regarding scientific and technical issues, Kozak said.

Briczinski comes from the University of Wisconsin, where she served on the staff of the Food Science Department. She received her doctoral degree in food science from Pennsylvania State University where she specialized in dairy foods research. She begins Feb. 1.

Other staff changes include the appointment of Jaime Castaneda to senior vice president of strategic initiatives and trade policy. Castaneda will be responsible for the NMPF Strategic Planning Task Force and continue as the lead person for immigration reform. He will continue to lead efforts on trade policy and international relations.

Congressional relations and other government relations activities will now be led by Dana Brooks, who has been promoted to vice president of government relations.

Jim Tillison will assume the position of senior vice president of marketing and economic research and continue to serve as the chief operating officer of Cooperatives Working Together. He will supervise economic and market research efforts, including all matters related to federal milk marketing orders.

Executive Vice President Tom Balmer will continue to supervise administrative functions, in addition to serving as executive director of the National Ice Cream Mix Association. He will also have direct oversight of NMPF's scientific and regulatory efforts.


National Milk Producers Federation: http://nmpf.org

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