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Mulhern to Succeed Kozak as NMPF President in 2014

July 10, 2013

Jim Mulhern, NMPF chief operating officer since January, will take over as the organization’s chief executive when current President Jerry Kozak retires at the end of this year. The NMPF board made the appointment at its June meeting.

Mulhern has been involved with the dairy industry his entire career. A Wisconsin native, he worked for a Midwestern dairy cooperative before coming to Washington and heading NMPF’s government relations program in the mid-1980s. He was also chief of staff for Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl. He maintained a close relationship with the dairy industry as a senior manager at two Washington public affairs firms, and then launched his own firm, with NMPF and Dairy Management Inc. among its clients.

NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney said the organization was fortunate to have Mulhern as its leader for the future. “The importance of experience cannot be underestimated in a complex industry like ours,” Mooney said. “Jim’s impressive and extensive track record working on dairy issues made him the ideal choice to be the next President and CEO of NMPF.”

Mulhern expressed appreciation for the chance to lead an organization that has meant much to him over the years. “I look forward to building further on the relationships and successes of the past, but with a clear focus on addressing the challenges to dairy farming’s future,” he said.