American Dairy Products Institute Announces Retirement Of CEO David L. Thomas
by ADPI - The American Dairy Products Institute
Posted: 2018-02-21 15:50:56 EST

Elmhurst, IL - The American Dairy Products Institute, one of the leading trade associations representing manufacturers and marketers of dairy ingredients in the U.S., announced today that David L. Thomas will retire as CEO effective June 30, 2018. 

Thomas joined ADPI in February 2012 as the organization's Chief Executive Officer. Under Thomas' leadership, ADPI has grown through a 71% increase in membership and a continued focus on making the organization the "go-to" authority on dairy ingredients. Thomas has created the ADPI Center of Excellence, a network of dairy industry professionals that reflects ADPI's commitment to provide members with reliable, meaningful and useful information. In addition, Thomas has expanded the organization's strong voice and leadership throughout the dairy ingredients sector. 

"Dave has expertly piloted ADPI to significant growth and success during his tenure," said ADPI President Jerry O'Dea. "Under his leadership, he has continued to transform ADPI into a dairy ingredient standards leader and significantly expanded member value. Every step of the way Dave has displayed exceptional leadership and unquestionable commitment to ADPI's success." 

Thomas noted, "It has been an honor to lead this organization. ADPI has a 90+ year legacy of delivering meaningful value to our members and the dairy ingredients industry. I am confident that ADPI will continue its growth trajectory as the Board of Directors and staff build on our strong foundation of success." 

A search committee of the ADPI Board of Directors has been created and is currently conducting a thorough process to identify Mr. Thomas's replacement. For more information on ADPI, please visit  


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