THE board of directors of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has named chief operating officer Jim Mulhern as chief executive officer and president, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
He will succeed Jerry Kozak, who has been CEO and president since 2007 and has announced his retirement at the end of this year.
Mulhern directed NMPF's government relations program in the mid-1980s, after which he served as chief of staff for Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl and in senior management positions for the Fratelli Group, Fleishman-Hillard and Watson/Mulhern LLC. He returned to NMPF as COO in January.
After retiring as CEO, Kozak will oversee NMPF's Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) program, which assesses participating dairy cooperatives and producers to provide export assistance for cheese and other dairy products.
Kozak will take over the program from Jim Tillison, NMPF senior vice president for economic research and COO of CWT, who is retiring at the end of this year.
NMPF, headquartered in Arlington, Va., does government relations work for 30 dairy cooperatives that produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply. Its membership represents 32,000 dairy producers.