The board of directors of Upstate Niagara Cooperative announced the planned retirement of Lawrence C. Webster, CEO, on June 30, 2022. The board will commence the process of selecting the next CEO for the dairy cooperative to ensure a seamless transition.  

“I cannot adequately express my appreciation to the board for the continuous support and encouragement I have received during my tenure. It has been an honor to serve the cooperative as CEO,” said Webster.

Webster joined Buffalo, N.Y.-based Upstate Niagara Cooperative in 2005 and has served as CEO for the past decade. Under his leadership, the cooperative has charted a course of extraordinary growth and expansion, recently becoming a billion-dollar business.  

“The board sincerely and heartily congratulates Larry Webster on his planned retirement,” said John T. Gould, president and chairman of the board of directors. “Larry has been the champion of our cooperative’s unprecedented growth and success, profoundly and positively impacting our member dairy farms, employees, customers and communities. Upstate Niagara is undeniably stronger and more resilient as a result of his leadership.”