Darigold has named a former finance officer from Mars Inc. as its new chief financial officer.
Cor van den Berg will oversee the finances of Darigold, a dairy farmer cooperative based in Seattle. He worked for nearly 20 years at Mars, serving as CFO of its health and nutrition division and its North American food operations. Most recently, he was CFO at City of Hope, a medical complex in California.
Darigold is facing some major capital expenditures in the near future, including a new protein and butter facility in Pasco, Wash., and restoration of a butter and milk powder facility in Caldwell, Idaho, that suffered fire damage in October.
“I grew up in an agricultural region in Holland and have always had a passion for the food and agriculture sectors,” van den Berg said in a statement. “Coming to Darigold in this capacity lets me return to an industry I know and love and where I can add value to the business, but with the opportunity to learn a segment of the industry that is new to me – global dairy – as well as the intricacies of leading the finance function in a member-owned co-op.”