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California Dairies appoints Brad Anderson new CEO

California Dairies appoints Brad Anderson new CEO

Brad Anderson to move from chief operating officer to CEO in early 2020, less than 18 months after joining Cal Dairies

By Kaitlin Washburn


VISALIA – California Dairies, Inc. recently announced that Brad Anderson will be the cooperative’s new president and CEO.

Anderson, who currently serves as COO for California Dairies, will start Jan. 1, 2020. He is replacing Andrei Mikhalevsky, who will retire at the end of the year after serving as president and CEO since 2012.

“I am honored and humbled to be the next CEO of California Dairies, Inc., and I appreciate the confidence that both Andrei and the Board of the Directors have placed in me,” Anderson said in a news release announcing his appointment. “This is a dynamic time for CDI, and I look forward to continuing the company’s vision of being the leading source of dairy nutrition for a healthy world.”

Brad Anderson
California Dairies Chief Operating Officer

Since joining California Dairies since last September, Anderson has supported the cooperative’s implementation of the Federal Milk Marketing Order and led the integration of a newly acquired Turlock North milk powder facility, according to the news release.

“It’s been a privilege to lead CDI these past eight years during a time of great transition and change for the State’s dairy industry,” Mikhalevsky said in the news release. “I believe the organization will be in strong hands under Brad’s leadership going forward.”

Anderson has worked in the food and beverage industry for 28 years. He previously worked for Dean Foods, Sara Lee Corporation, Pepsi Bottling Group and Earthgrains Company.

“He is a proven expert in corporate strategy, with particular experience in the food and beverage industry,” Mikhalevsky said. “I believe he will continue the path CDI has taken in driving innovation and delivering value-added products to our customers worldwide.”

“We could not be more excited to have Brad as the next Chief Executive Officer,” said Simon Vander Woude, the chairman of the cooperative’s board. “Brad has extensive knowledge of our industry and is a strong strategic visionary leader, which will move CDI forward into the future.”

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Agriculture reporter

Kaitlin Washburn is a Report for America corps member covering agriculture for The Sun-Gazette.

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