September 28, 2016 – Executive search firm Taylor Winfield has placed Constance Cullman as president and chief executive officer of Farm Foundation. Ms. Cullman will be the seventh leader to serve as president since the organization was founded in 1933. She succeeds Neilson Conklin, who has served as president since 2008. In 2015, Mr. Conklin announced his plans to retire.
Previously, Ms. Cullman was the U.S. government affairs leader for Dow AgroSciences. Before that, she worked at the Corn Refiners Association, the foreign agricultural service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
From Family Farm to C-Suite
“We are excited to have Constance step into the day-to-day leadership role at Farm Foundation,” said Mark Scholl, board chairman of Farm Foundation. “She brings to the table a unique set of skills that have been fine-tuned through experiences in education, farm organizations, government service and private business.”
“A passion for agriculture and rural communities has always been at the core of my diverse professional experiences,” said Ms. Cullman, who was reared on a family farm in Ohio. “Farm Foundation presents an exciting opportunity to help stimulate the important conversations we need to have today across the entire food value chain — from producers to consumers. The foundation is uniquely positioned to help stakeholders examine the diverse and complex issues shaping the future.”
Ms. Cullman’s diverse background will serve Farm Foundation well as it continues its mission to help public- and private-sector leaders address the critical issues that are shaping the future of agriculture and food systems today, said Mr. Scholl.
Farm Foundation works as a catalyst for sound public policy by providing objective information to foster a deeper understanding of issues shaping the future for agriculture, food systems and rural regions. The foundation does not advocate or lobby. Since its founding, Farm Foundation has been committed to fostering a constructive, public policy debate.
Established in 1987, Taylor Winfield focuses on providing executive search services for the internet & media, clean tech, software communications & hardware, professional & IT services, retail & consumer, education and non-profit sectors.
The firm has recently worked with other agriculture-related organizations, placing a vice president of marketing at Vital Farms, a company that specializes in pasture-raised eggs and pasture-raised butter, and recruiting a vice president of sales at Mueller Water Products. Earlier this year, Taylor Winfield recruited the president and senior editor at Farm Journal Media, the nation’s leading business information and media company serving the agricultural market.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media