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Leadership Team

Leadership Team


Arthur S. Wolcott
Mr. Wolcott founded the Company and has served as a director and as the Chairman of the Board since 1949.  His leadership experience and extensive industry knowledge provide valuable insight to the Board of Directors in formulating and executing the Company’s strategy.  In 2008, Mr. Wolcott received the Forty-Niner Service Award, the food processing industry’s highest award in recognition of his career spanning six decades in the food processing industry.  Mr. Wolcott graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. degree in Economics and is currently on the President's Council of Cornell University.  He is the father of Susan W. Stuart, a director of the Company. 

Kraig H. Kayser
Mr. Kayser is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and has served in that capacity since 1993.  From 1991 to 1993 he was Chief Financial Officer of the Company.  He has served as a director of the Company since 1985.  Mr. Kayser has served as an officer and/or director of the Company for over 25 years, providing continuity of executive leadership through all phases of the food processing industry and economic cycles. Mr. Kayser is also a director of Moog Inc. where he serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee.  He received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.

Kathryn J. Boor
Dr. Boor is the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Boor serves on various boards and councils including the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Board of Directors, the Boyce Thompson Institute Board of Directors, the New York State Council on Hunger and Food Policy, the International Life Sciences Institute Board of Trustees, the Friends of the New York Youth Institute, the E&J Gallo Winery Agriculture Advisory Committee and the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets Milk Marketing Advisory Council. Dr. Boor earned a BS in Food Science from Cornell University, an MS in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of California, Davis.

Peter R. Call
Mr. Call  is President of My-T Acres,  Inc., a vegetable and grain farm. He has been President of Pro-Fac Cooperative, Inc. since 2003 and a member of its board of directors since 2000.  Mr. Call also serves as president of Farm Fresh First, LLC, and has done so since 2007.  Farm Fresh First, LLC, is an agricultural business that manages fruit and vegetable production and marketing.   Mr. Call also served on the Board of Directors of Birds Eye Foods from 2002-2009.  He has served as a director of the Company since 2011.    Mr. Call received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Cornell University in 1979.

John P. Gaylord
Mr. Gaylord has operating and management experience in manufacturing and distribution businesses, including experience as President of Jacintoport Terminal Company since 1992.  He currently serves as a director and member of the conflicts committee, audit committee, nominating committee and compensation committee, along with being a general partner of Martin Midstream Partners L.P., a publicly traded limited partnership with a diverse set of operations focused primarily in the United States Gulf Coast region.  Mr. Gaylord holds a B.A. from Texas Christian University and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.  He has served as a director of the Company since October 2009.  

Samuel T. Hubbard, Jr.
Mr. Hubbard was elected President  and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Genesee Corp., a NASDAQ listed company in 1999. He was subsequently elected Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Genesee and in late 2000 led a management buyout of Genesee Brewing Company which later became High Falls Brewing Company, LLC. He served as Chairman and CEO of High Falls from 2001 through 2007 and subsequently as Chairman until 2009.  Mr. Hubbard has served as CEO of Alling and Cory Company from 1986-1998.  He served as COO of Homewise, Inc., a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing services including real estate development until 2011.  He has served on the public boards of M&T Corp., RGS, Inc. and Genesee Corp. He has served as a director of the Company since 2011.  Mr. Hubbard received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Denison University and his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) degree from the University of Rochester.

Thomas Paulson
Mr. Paulson has served as a director of the Company since 2004. Retired, he has significant experience in financial reporting and financial controls as a chief financial officer. Mr. Paulson was the Chief Financial Officer of Tennant Corporation, an industrial cleaning company from 2006 to 2018, and he was Chief Financial Officer of Innovex, Inc., a supplier of flexible circuits and assemblies, from February 2001 to March 2006. In addition, he was Vice President of Finance of The Pillsbury Company from 1998-2000. In these roles, Mr. Paulson was involved in numerous merger and acquisition transactions and financing transactions. Mr. Paulson serves on the Board of Directors of Merisant Inc. and also serves on their Audit Committee. Mr. Paulson received his B.A. and M.B.A from the University of St. Thomas.

Susan W. Stuart
Ms. Stuart is a marketing consultant and private investor.  In her role as a consultant, Ms. Stuart brings her knowledge from a broad range of marketing experience.  Ms. Stuart is the daughter of our founder and Chairman, Arthur S. Wolcott.  In addition to her extensive knowledge of the Company, Ms. Stuart controls a significant shareholding interest in the Company.  She has served as a director of the Company since 1986.  Ms. Stuart received her M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Keith A. Woodward
Mr. Woodward is the Chief Financial Officer for Tennant Corporation, an industrial cleaning company. Mr. Woodward is also a former Senior Vice President, Finance for General Mills, Inc. where he worked for 26 years from 1991-2017. From 2006-2009, he served as a board observer as a representative of General Mills pursuant to the Green Giant Alliance Agreement. Mr. Woodward has his M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing, and a B.S. in Accounting both from Indiana University. Mr. Woodward is also currently a board member of Phillips Distilling Company in Minneapolis.




Arthur S. Wolcott
Mr. Wolcott has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Company since 1949.

Kraig H. Kayser
Mr. Kayser is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and has served in that capacity since 1993. From 1991-1993 he served as the Company's Chief Financial Officer.

Timothy Benjamin
Mr. Benjamin comes to the Company with more than 30 years of work experience in finance, treasury, tax and risk management areas. Mr. Benjamin was most recently Corporate Treasurer at North American Breweries in Rochester, New York, since 2011, and prior to that he was Director of Treasury and Tax Operations at IEC Electronics Corporation in 2010, and was with Birds Eye Foods, Inc. for 15 years prior in increasingly responsible financial positions, reaching the position of Vice President and Treasurer in 2008.

Carl A. Cichetti
Mr. Cichetti has served as Senior Vice President Technology and Planning since 2009 and Chief Information Officer of the Company since 2006. He was a Senior Consultant of Navint (Technology Consulting) from 2004-2005 and Senior Vice President of Technology of Citigroup from 2001- 2004.

Dean E. Erstad
Mr. Erstad has been Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the Company since 2001 and Vice President of Private Label Sales during 2000.

John D. Exner
Mr. Exner has been General Counsel of the Company since 2006 and Assistant Secretary since 2007. He was Legal Counsel/Vice President from 1991-2002 and Legal Counsel/President from 2002 to 2005 of Midwest Food Processors Association, Inc.

Cynthia L. Fohrd
Ms. Fohrd has been Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Company since 2007. Ms. Fohrd has held various positions since joining the Company in 1988 including Financial Analyst, Internal Auditor, Risk Management and Vice President of Human Resources.

Aaron M. Girard
Mr. Girard has served as Senior Vice President of Logistics since 2011.  He joined the company in 2009 as Vice President of Transportation.

Matt J. Henschler
Mr. Henschler has been Senior Vice President of Technical Services and Development since 2016 and Vice President of Technical Services and Development since 2005.

Sarah S. Mortensen
Ms. Mortensen has been Assistant Secretary since 1986. She joined the Company as Administrative Assistant in 1968.

Timothy R. Nelson
Mr. Nelson has been the Senior Vice President of Operations since December 2018. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President of Fruit and Snack operations from 2008 to 2018 and he spent time as the Plant Manager of Seneca’s plants in Blue Earth, Montgomery and Glencoe, Minnesota from 1999-2008. Mr. Nelson joined the Company in April 1992.

Paul L. Palmby
Mr. Palmby has been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since 2006. Prior to that, he served as President of the Vegetable Division of the Company from 2005 to 2006 and Vice President of Operations of the Company from 1999-2004. Mr. Palmby joined the Company in March 1987.

Jeffrey L. Van Riper
Mr. Van Riper has been Vice President since 2008 and Corporate Controller, Principal Accounting Officer and Secretary of the Company since 1986. He joined the Company as Accounting Manager in 1978.


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