Direct Recruiters Finds CEO for Idaho Milk Products

November 22, 2017 – Cleveland-based executive search firm Direct Recruiters Inc. (DRI) has placed Daragh Maccabee as chief executive officer of Idaho Milk Products. Kent Giddings is retiring after a seven-year tenure. Cherie Shepard led the assignment.

“In our CEO search, we were looking to fill the role with someone to set the tone for the entire company, with industry knowledge, integrity, and leadership, who could take us to the next level,” said Jessica Gentit, director of human resources at Idaho Milk Products. “For such an instrumental and integral position in our company, we expanded our search efforts past our regular executive search firm. After contacting several firms, Cherie Shepard at Direct Recruiters stood out above the rest and really took the time to understand our needs.”

Seasoned Executive

Mr. Maccabee is an experienced senior executive with broad spectrum of strategic, functional and general management experience with global food and beverage manufacturing companies. He was previously the senior vice president of procurement and dairy economics at Glanbia Nutritionals.

Before that, he was executive vice president and CFO of the company’s U.S. cheese and whey operations. Prior to joining Glanbia, he worked for Coca-Cola in establishing production facilities in Russia and the Gresham Hotel Group in Central Europe.

“I look forward to joining Idaho Milk Products and helping the team build on their successes and together achieve new levels of excellence,” said Mr. Maccabee.


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Idaho Milk Products, which began operations in 2009, is a privately held international milk processor, owned by two Idaho dairies and located in Jerome, ID. The organization supplies more than 40 million pounds of milk protein concentrate and isolate, milk permeate and cream annually to global food and nutrition companies.

Search Veterans

Since 1983, Direct Recruiters has been focused on assisting organizations with recruiting, acquiring, and retaining high-impact talent for mission-critical positions.

As director of packaging, material handling & food processing, Ms. Shepard has worked closely with Dan Charney, the firm’s president, and practice leader Jason Herbert to expand this specialty segment. She is known for her ability to identify talent compatible and capable of working in the industry-specific environments and company cultures.

Recently, DRI announced that it is backing up its executive searches with a retention guarantee of its placements for one to two years. Direct Retention, as the firm calls its new product offering, revolves around a thorough evaluation of candidates by DRI as well as expert independent partners.

“We spent the better part of last year looking at specific reasons why professionals in leadership positions leave companies,” said Mr. Charney. “Then we went through a process of vetting third party partners in order to address those exact reasons. Now, when a client is looking to fill a key position, not only do we recruit, interview, acquire, and provide the traditional services, we take it to the next level and offer a full solution using data and analytics to ensure the right fit and retention.”

DRI’s Direct Retention product involves a team approach that is said to be thorough and well integrated. It starts with a client company having an initial consultation call with each of the firm’s consultants. “From there, together we come up with a candidate profile to include cultural fit, a proper compensation plan and parameters around a relocation package,” said Mr. Charney. “We also can include our law firm partner early in the process to come up with a strategy if we feel it is likely the selected candidate has some type of restrictive covenant.”

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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