Former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is the new president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, Arlington, Va. Prior to his appointment as a Cabinet secretary, Vilsack served two terms as the governor of Iowa. He succeeds Tom Suber, who served as president of USDEC since its founding in 1995. Suber retired at the end of 2016.
Chris Roberts is the new head of all of the Land O’Lakes Dairy businesses, including the global powder organization. His title is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dairy Foods. It is a new position at Land O’Lakes Inc., Arden Hills, Minn. Roberts reports to Beth Ford, group executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Purina Animal Nutrition and U.S. Dairy Foods businesses. Previously, Roberts was the president of Cargill’s value-added proteins division.