Devitt new Grain Farmers of Ontario CEO

Organization replaces Barry Senft from within

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Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) didn’t have to look far to find its new chief executive officer.

The organization, representing barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers in Ontario announced March 17 that Crosby Devitt is its new CEO, starting April 1.

Devitt is currently vice president, strategic development at GFO. Prior to his current GFO role, he was executive director of the Canadian Seed Trade Association and before that he held several other roles at GFO.

“The CEO search brought forward remarkable candidates. The selection committee was inarguably impressed with Crosby’s vision for Grain Farmers of Ontario and his natural leadership,” said Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario.

Current CEO Barry Senft announced at the organizations September annual general meeting that he would be stepping down as CEO, launching a five-month search for a new CEO.

Haerle says there was a strong international pool of candidates.

“Crosby’s unique experience gives him insight into all the teams, staff, and vision of Grain Farmers of Ontario. I am exceptionally pleased to see this appointment and Crosby is an excellent choice to lead this strong staff,” said Haerle.

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