Blue Diamond Almond Facts January-February 2023


Blue Diamond Growers Board of Directors selects Kai Bockmann as next Chief Executive Officer

Bockmann brings 25 plus years of global experience growing renowned brands and consumer packaged goods companies to the cooperative Kai Bockmann joined the agricultural cooperative and global consumer packaged goods (CPG) leader as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on January 16, 2023. Bockmann succeeds Mark Jansen who announced his plans to step down after a very successful 12-year tenure as CEO. “The search process went well, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome,” said Cummings. “Kai has more than a quarter of a century of global experience growing CPG companies, and we believe he is the leader we need to keep building our business and brand domestically and internationally, while continuing to deliver superior returns to our grower-owners.”

Kai and George te Velde and group

Bockmann most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Saputo Inc. — one of the world’s largest dairy companies — where he led operations that included 67 plants and 18,000 employees across the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, and the United Kingdom. From 2017 to 2021, he and his team grew revenue from $11 billion to $14 billion. From 2012 to 2021, the international business he led grew from less than $500 million to more than $4 billion. Prior to Saputo Inc., Bockmann was at McCain Foods — the world’s largest producer of frozen potatoes — where he served as President of the International Division and accelerated international sales across 60 export markets, doubling revenues over four years.

Kai and George te Velde’s dog Pepper

I look forward to learning from growers and team members and keeping our immediate focus on maintaining business continuity and growth momentum. -Kai Bockmann, President and CEO, Blue Diamond Growers



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