USA 07.02.2024

Foremost Farms USA Welcomes Seasoned Financial Leader Brenda Dehart as New CFO

Source: The DairyNews
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Foremost Farms USA is pleased to announce the appointment of Brenda Dehart as its new Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and member of the Executive Leadership Team, effective from February 5. In her role, Dehart will spearhead the development and management of the cooperative's financial strategy, planning analysis, and reporting of short- and long-term financial objectives, with additional oversight of legal matters.
 Foremost Farms USA Welcomes Seasoned Financial Leader Brenda Dehart as New CFO
Greg Schlafer, President and CEO of Foremost Farms, expressed confidence in Dehart, stating, "Brenda Dehart’s strategic financial acumen and extensive experience make her an excellent fit for Foremost Farms. Her proven leadership track record will undoubtedly contribute to the cooperative’s future success. We are excited to welcome her to our team."

Bringing over 30 years of experience in food manufacturing and executive finance, Dehart most recently served as the CFO for Edlong, an international dairy flavor manufacturer catering to the food and beverage industry. In this role, she had direct responsibility for all accounting and information technology departments.

Before her tenure at Edlong, Dehart held key positions at Sensient Technologies, a NYSE-listed specialty chemical and flavors company, and Kerry, Inc., an ISEQ and LSE-listed manufacturer of food and beverage ingredients. Her roles included Global General Manager - BioNutrients Division at Sensient and leading Finance, Operations, and Quality for the flagship Cheese and Dairy Specialty Ingredient business of Kerry Americas.

Expressing her enthusiasm, Dehart stated, "I am honored to join Foremost Farms. It will be exciting to collaborate with a talented team and contribute to the company's financial success and growth."

Dehart holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and an undergraduate degree in business finance from Concordia University – Wisconsin. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Female Strong Chicago.

As Foremost Farms welcomes Brenda Dehart, the cooperative bids farewell to its current CFO, Bob Bascom, who announced his well-deserved retirement after over six years of dedicated service. The transition between CFOs will be seamless, with Bascom participating in Dehart’s onboarding process to ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities.
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