From the Board | September 2016
Board of Directors Announces New General Manager
At the end of the board of directors meeting on August 4, the board announced that we had selected Melanie Bettenhausen as the Co-op’s new General Manager following an extensive national search. Melanie, who had been serving as the Co-op’s Marketing & Membership Director, took over the top spot a week later on August 12.
The board was very pleased with the number of highly qualified candidates who applied for the General Manager position. After a rigorous evaluation process, however, it became clear to us that Melanie was the best choice for the job. We were and still are impressed with her vision for the Co-op. We’re also impressed with her commitment to the organization, to its member-owners and employees, and to the cooperative values and principles. We expect the Co-op to thrive under Melanie’s leadership, with great results for all three of our bottom lines—our finances, our community, and our environment.
Melanie has served as a manager at the Co-op for nearly a decade, during which time she has overseen the organization’s engagement with its member-owners and the local community. She is well known in local business and non-profit circles—and among our member-owners!—as an advocate for the Co-op and for sustainable, local food and agriculture.
Member-owners may remember that the Co-op’s previous General Manager resigned in late 2015. Long-time Co-op merchandiser Ron Sharp served as Interim General Manager while the board conducted its search for a permanent replacement. The board is extremely grateful to Ron for his invaluable service to the Co-op. Like Ron, Melanie is intimately familiar with the Co-op’s operations, and we are seeing a smooth transition in leadership. We look forward to working with her for many years to come!
This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of the Co-op News.