Dairy Farmers of Ontario hires new CEO

Published on: October 22, 2019 | Updated on: October 25, 2019 07:08 AM EDT

CHERYL SMITH

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s Board of Directors announced today Cheryl Smith has been hired as chief executive officer (CEO), effective Aug. 19, 2019.

Smith is a highly experienced business leader with 30 years of leadership experience, including leading a billion-dollar revenue-generating business with a team of more than 150 employees. She recently retired from Parmalat as a member of the executive team and general manager of the Cheese Division.

Named as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and most recently a Golden Pencil Award Winner, Smith brings proven leadership and valuable experience to the organization. DFO is fortunate to have her join the team as CEO.

“Cheryl will help us realize a dynamic profitable growing Canadian dairy industry. As we face many challenges of the future, we felt having a leader who understands consumers, the food chain and the interconnectivity of our dairy industry has great benefit. She is a forward-facing thinker with an acute understanding of the opportunities ahead. We have every confidence Cheryl will make great contributions to DFO and our industry at large,” says Murray Sherk, Chair of the Board.

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