In a letter sent to the board of directors at the American Angus Association last month, 15 employees expressed concerns over the organization’s management and called for the removal of CEO Bryce Schumann. The board appointed a task force to investigate the claims, and in a letter to Angus Association members last week Schumann announced that 12 employees, including six regional managers, were relieved of their duties.
Upon receipt of the letter, the AAA board of directors formed a six-person task force comprised of officers and board members to interview 25 association employees, including Schumann. The AAA board met in Kansas City April 7-8, to discuss the investigation and formulate recommendations for moving forward. In his letter to association members, Schumann said, "Following a lengthy deliberation, the board informed me of its support in continuing my role as chief executive officer."
Schumann also told members, "We fully understand that this decision may create unexpected hardships for our members, but please be assured that, in light of this unforeseen circumstance, the Board of Directors and employees of the Association will do everything in our power to alleviate or prevent any inconveniences or disruptions in services related to the changes taking place."
Headquartered in St. Joseph, MO, since 1956, the Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef cattle registry with more than 30,000 adult and junior members. The association has about 100 employees in the St. Joseph headquarters and approximately another 100 who work at the Certified Angus Beef brand marketing office in Wooster, Ohio.
To read Schumann’s letter to the Angus Association membership, click here.