August 31, 2016

Veterinarian Tabbed to Lead International Dairy Foods Association

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Michael Dykes has been named the new CEO of the International Dairy Foods Michael Dykes
Association, replacing Connie Tipton who will retire at the end of the year.

Dykes has served as vice president of government affairs for Monsanto for the past 19 years. He led the company’s Washington, DC office, where he was the primary point person for elected officials, regulatory authorities, farm organizations and others. He also directed Monsanto’s state and local government affairs in addition to international efforts in Canada and Mexico.

“Michael’s policy experience combined with his food and animal science background could not be a better fit for IDFA,” says Jeff Kaneb, executive VP of HP Hood and chairman of IDFA’s transition committee.

”I have spent my career working to find common ground across varied interests in the face of complex challenges,” said Dykes. “As a veterinarian and farmer, I am especially excited for the opportunity to lead such a well-respected dairy organization. I look forward to collaborating with Connie Tipton to ensure a seamless transition, and working closely with members and staff to make a difference for the dairy foods industry.”

He will begin transitioning into his new role in October, and assume the CEO role in January.