George Siemon, who helped Organic Valley become one of the crown jewels of the organic foods industry, has stepped down as the company’s longtime chief executive officer.
The La Farge-based company did not say why Siemon stepped down as CEO of the company he helped start in 1988. It said the cooperative’s board has appointed Bob Kirchoff as interim CEO. Kirchoff has been Organic Valley’s chief business officer since 2016.
The long-haired Siemon was a unique CEO and the perfect face for Organic Valley. He rarely wears shoes and walks the walk as an environmentalist, and always believed in putting people ahead of profits.
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