John D. Talbot Named CEO of the California Milk Advisory Board

June 20, 2014 11:14 PM

New leader will head one of the largest commodity boards in the U.S.

Source: California Milk Advisory Board

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, MODESTO, Calif. —  The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), one of the largest commodity boards in the United States, announced Thursday the appointment of John D. Talbot as its new CEO. He will assume the role beginning July 7, 2014.

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New CMAB CEO John D. Talbot.

He most recently served as Vice President of Global Market Development for the Almond Board of California where he led strategy and development efforts to build global demand for California almonds. His consumer product experience includes positions at Procter and Gamble, PepsiCo and The E & J Gallo Winery. Prior to the Almond Board, Talbot spent several years in brand strategy and marketing for leading technology firms including Verisign and Plantronics.

"John’s deep international experience and blue-chip foundation in consumer packaged goods marketing and his strategic sales management skills will serve us well as we work to position California as a source for milk and dairy products globally," said Richard Wagner, Chair of the CMAB board of directors.

Talbot holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of Wooster in Ohio and a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

The CMAB, an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s more than 1,500 dairy families. With headquarters in South San Francisco and Modesto, the CMAB is one of the largest commodity boards in the United States. The CMAB executes advertising, public relations, research and retail and foodservice promotional programs on behalf of California dairy products, including Real California Milk and Real California Cheese.

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