DFA Welcomes New CEO

The board of directors of Dairy Farmers of America has appointed Dennis Rodenbaugh to the role of president and CEO, effective at the end of 2022.

Rodenbaugh will succeed Richard Smith who plans to retire after leading the organization for the past 16 years. Smith praises Rodenbaugh as an integrity-based leader.

Rodenbaugh has a background in dairy farm management and ownership as well as banking and finance. He currently serves as executive vice president and president, council operations and Ingredients Solutions for DFA.

“Rick is an iconic and dynamic leader who has been instrumental in transforming DFA’s culture and business, and we will be forever grateful to him for his tremendous leadership and are proud of where we are today,” says DFA board chairman Randy Mooney. “In Dennis, we have a strategic leader who has a deep understanding of our family farm-owners, a strong vision for the future of DFA and a proven ability to lead.”

Rodenbaugh says he appreciates the opportunity to take on this leadership role.

“I’ve had the great fortune of being part of Rick’s senior management team these past 14 years, and I’m pleased that he’s agreed to contribute in an advisory role into the future,” he adds.