Rick Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer

As DFA’s president and chief executive officer since 2006, Rick has established a values-based culture for the organization and instilled operational discipline and efficiency. Under his leadership, DFA has undertaken several strategic initiatives designed to bring members increased value, expand the Cooperative’s global footprint and grow its commercial businesses. In addition, Rick has played a key role in elevating DFA’s focus on its members in alignment with its mission, vision and values, improving its sustainability efforts and strengthening the Cooperative’s relationships within the industry. Rick is a director on the boards of National Milk Producers Federation, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. In addition, Rick chairs Global Dairy Platform. Rick and his wife, Janet, have three children.