Dairy cooperative Foremost Farms USA has appointed former J.R. Simplot and Lamb Weston executive Greg Schlafer as its new CEO.

Schlafer will become the co-op’s president and CEO on 2 December, succeeding Michael Doyle, who the company announced in July was stepping down.

Schlafer was most recently vice president for food group sales and marketing at J.R. Simplot Co. He joined the US agri-food group from Lamb Weston where he was president. Schlafer started his career at General Mills where he had roles of increasing responsibility including vice president and general manager of the company’s bakeries and foodservice division.

“This is a time of change and innovation at our cooperative. We are implementing strategies to maximise our members’ milk solids with a focus on profitability,” Foremost Farms USA chairman David Scheevel said. “We are thrilled to welcome Greg. He is a seasoned leader with outstanding business acumen. He brings a wealth of experience gained from a series of successful leadership roles at large food companies, including one with a dairy operation.”