PORTLAND, Maine — Oakhurst Dairy in Portland has unveiled planned changes in top leadership to be put into place next month following a board of directors meeting.
President and CEO William Bennett plans to transition from day-to-day operations at the family-owned dairy while maintaining “an active role” in company management as chairman of the board, according to a Thursday press release.
Current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Bennett, the third brother in the third generation of the family, and Thomas Brigham, current executive vice president and chief financial officer, will be named co-presidents, according to the release.
This is the first time a non-Bennett family member has been named president at the dairy.
“Our family could not be more pleased to elevate Tom Brigham to the role of co-president. Tom is a highly trusted and valued colleague who has been a member of the Oakhurst senior leadership team for more than 16 years,” John Bennett said. “Together, we bring a collective strength and expertise that will allow us to continue to take the company forward.”
As co-presidents, John Bennett and Brigham will oversee the operations and actions of Oakhurst Dairy. John Bennett will have direct responsibility for the company’s production, quality, logistics and information technology functions. Tom Brigham will have direct responsibility for the sales, marketing, accounting, financial and administrative areas of the business.
“This new collaborative leadership structure, while different from our past governance approach, will allow us to leverage the unique skills of both individuals and make Oakhurst even stronger,” William Bennett said in the release. “We will have two individuals, each with deep industry experience, including nearly 25 years collectively leading the dairy. We are confident that this decision will position Oakhurst for the future and allow us to continue to deliver the quality products we’re known for while serving our community.”