Gay Lea Foods Co-operative president and CEO Michael Barrett will retire from the co-operative on January 31, 2023. Following an extensive global search, the board has appointed Suzanna Dalrymple as president and CEO effective February 1, 2023.
Barrett has worked at Gay Lea Foods for 22 years, serving as president and CEO since 2014.
During his time as CEO, the Canadian co-operative has grown rapidly through several strategic acquisitions, including expansion into Western Canada; constructed the only nutraceutical-grade dairy ingredients facility in Canada; and made record investments to modernize and expand existing processing capacity and capabilities in Ontario, all while remaining humble to its rural Canadian roots and co-operative values.
Incoming president and CEO Suzanna Dalrymple led the Canada Pet Nutrition unit for Mars as general manager where she was known for consistently delivering strong business results while improving capabilities, competencies, and team talent. Prior to senior roles with Mars Pet Nutrition Canada, Dalrymple spent almost two decades at Procter & Gamble Canada, working progressively through senior roles in brand management and sales. Dalrymple will begin her transition into Gay Lea Foods on October 31st.