Holstein Association USA Starts Leadership Transition

Holstein Association USA CEO John M. Meyer has announced he plans to retire on Dec. 31, 2024. Current COO Lindsey Worden will succeed him as CEO then.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I extend our heartfelt gratitude to CEO John Meyer not only for his 23 years of dedicated service, but allowing us 22 months of notice of his retirement to undergo a thorough process of naming his successor,” says Holstein Association USA President Jonathan Lamb. “We welcome COO Lindsey Worden as the 10th Executive Secretary of our Association since its inception in 1885!”

Worden is a UW-Madison graduate who also serves the dairy industry as Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding Board Chair, National Pedigreed Livestock Council Director, and Councilor on the World Holstein Friesian Federation.

“I am humbled to follow in John’s footsteps and have been grateful to work alongside him and witness many of the significant achievements our organization has enjoyed under his leadership,” Worden says. “I am honored to be named Holstein Association USA’s next CEO, and excited to navigate the opportunities and challenges that will propel us into the future, while respecting and honoring our organization’s rich history.”

Meyer says himself, Worden, and CFO Barbara Casna will continue to work closely together with the Board of Directors to ensure the continuity of the transition along with the continued success of the association.