USA – The Dairy Alliance Board of Directors has appointed Geri Berdak as their new Chief Executive Officer after a nationwide search.
Berdak is known for delivering strategic growth for organizations, consumer packaged goods businesses and ingredient companies in the wellness market.
Her previous roles in strategic marketing, new business and product development and research and development were key skills in securing the new position.
Her talent in the nutrition, marketing and business fields complements her interest in working to improve people’s lives.
“I am grateful for the privilege to work on behalf of the southeast dairy farmers who hold an outstanding work ethic and dedication to providing nutritious dairy products to families, while being stewards of their land and providing the highest quality care for their animals,” said Berdak.
Her professional experience in the dairy industry started with her position as a nutritionist and educator for the St. Louis Dairy Council.
“I am grateful for the privilege to work on behalf of the southeast dairy farmers who hold an outstanding work ethic and dedication to providing nutritious dairy products to families, while being stewards of their land and providing the highest quality care for their animals,”Geri Berdak – CEO, Diary Alliance
She has earned additional experience in the food and beverage industry since then, holding positions as a nutritionist and marketer with Isagenix, Kerry’s, PepsiCo, and serving as Senior VP, Nutrition Strategy and Business Development with the U.S. Dairy Innovation Center at Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) from 2012-2015.
Using the knowledge gained from her expansive career, she created the CloverQuest Group, LLC, a consulting group aiding food and beverage businesses in navigating the nutrition wellness environment.
Berdak is rooted in agriculture having grown up in the Midwest and coming from a hog and crop farm family.
“The dairy industry is one I’ve been passionate about since my first dairy job out of college 30 years ago,” Berdak said.
She has a Master of Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Food & Nutrition from Missouri State University.
Berdak said that she is excited to be promoting dairy as an essential and sustainable ingredient to life while ensuring a strong return on investment for all dairy programs implemented through The Dairy Alliance.
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