US farmer-owned food cooperative Land O'Lakes has announced new responsibilities for three senior executives, indicating the changes are part of a structured transition process leading up to the transfer of leadership from retiring president and CEO Jack Gherty to new president and CEO Chris Policinski on 1 October 2005.

The changes, effective immediately, include the promotion of Steve Dunphy to executive vice president and chief operating officer of the dairy foods value-added business. In his new role, Dunphy, who recently served as vice president of dairy foods retail and deli sales, will be responsible for dairy foods branded retail businesses, foodservice businesses, research and development and value-added manufacturing and supply chain.

Alan Pierson has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of dairy foods industrial business. In this position, Pierson will be responsible for fluid milk procurement and marketing and industrial cheese manufacturing and marketing. He recently served as Land O'Lakes' vice president of dairy foods western region manufacturing and fluid milk procurement and marketing.

Barry Wolfish has been promoted to vice president of strategy and business development. In his new role, Wolfish will be responsible for coordination of company-wide strategy and mergers and acquisitions. Wolfish joined Land O'Lakes in 1999 and recently served as vice president of dairy foods cheese and foodservice businesses.