United Potato Growers of America selects Mark Klompien as new CEO

Mark-KlompienThe United Potato Growers of America executive board has unanimously chosen Mark Klompien as the organization’s next president and chief executive officer, replacing Jerry Wright. “We are excited to have Mark on board to lead UPGA and continue on the solid foundation laid by Jerry Wright,” said Chairman Jed Ellithorpe. Before joining UPGA, Klompien served for four-and-a-half years as president of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association. Prior to his time with the IGSA, he was the vice president of supply chain management at Idahoan Foods, and also spent 18 years at Basic American Foods, and six years at Lamb Weston. During his tenure with BAF, Klompien held a number of positions in engineering, operations, raw material, supply chain, procurement and government relations. More