June 1, 2015 – Atlanta-headquartered boutique search firm Barton Executive Search has recruited Michael Keown as a member of Welch’s board of directors. Mr. Keown is president and CEO of Farmer Brothers, a manufacturer and distributor of coffee and tea products.
“Mike’s vast consumer products leadership experience shows that he knows how to use a variety of organizational capabilities to deliver substantial results for shareholders and owners,” said Joseph Falcone, chairman of the Welch’s board, and president of National Grape Cooperative Inc. “We’re looking forward to gaining his industry expertise and insights on delivering further value for our family-farmer owners.”
Headquartered in Concord, MA, Welch’s is the processing and marketing subsidiary of the National Grape Cooperative. Welch’s is owned by 1,000 family farmers across America and in Ontario who make up this cooperative.
Founded in 1989, Barton Executive Search specializes in recruiting CEO, president, general manager, C-level to mid level sales, C-level to VP level marketing, C-level HR and C-level finance positions. Its client partnerships include Fortune 500, mid-sized, small and private equity backed companies from an array of consumer related industries.
A year ago the firm recruited Welch’s chief marketing officer (CMO), Tom Dixon, who revitalized products and segment expansion for Schwan Food Company’s Frozen Pizza Division.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media