Wheat Growers CEO Dale Locken to Retire

April 18, 2017

Long-term Paulsen client Wheat Growers has announced that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dale Locken plans to retire from Wheat Growers August 1, 2017. Locken has served almost 15 years as CEO of Wheat Growers – one of the largest farmer-owned cooperatives in the country. Chris Pearson, Wheat Growers’ current chief operating officer, will succeed him.

The Locken Legacy

In Dale Locken’s tenure, Wheat Growers experienced record growth in sales, membership and value that has positioned the cooperative for long-term success.

According to Wheat Growers Board President Hal Clemensen, Locken spent much of his tenure adapting the cooperative to meet the current and future needs of Wheat Growers members, assuring that Wheat Growers remained innovative, progressive and relevant for generations to come.

“We are grateful for Dale’s service to Wheat Growers and his leadership to the organization,” Clemensen said. “We will miss his presence in the board room and his guidance about the direction of the business.”

“I have been honored to work with the tremendously talented, extremely dedicated Wheat Growers employee team, who strive every day to provide outstanding service to our 5,100 farmer-member owners,” Locken said. “It has been the most rewarding and inspiring period of my professional career in agriculture.”

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