Lipman Family Farms announces leadership succession process

Lipman Family Farms announced that after 13 years as Lipman Family Farms’ first independent chief executive, Kent Shoemaker intends to retire in 2023. Shoemaker will remain in his role until a successor has been confirmed and fully transitioned.

“On behalf of Lipman’s board of directors, leadership team, and employees, we thank Kent for his years of dedication, impact, and service to the company,” said Larry Lipman, chairman of the board. “Kent has led the company through a phase of accelerated growth, solidifying its role as an international leader in tomato and vegetable production. As CEO, he has spearheaded significant achievements across our business, including eight strategic acquisitions.”

Left to right: Kent Shoemaker, Larry Lipman

The company’s succession committee will work with Korn Ferry, a global management consulting firm, to identify a successor.

Shoemaker will continue to lead the company during this process.
“It has been my honor to lead Lipman Family Farms and a pleasure to work with some of the most exceptional people in our industry,” said Shoemaker. “We have a solid leadership team, and I am confident they will work with the next CEO to uphold Lipman’s values and trajectory of growth and expansion. This process started last July as part of a two-year succession plan. It will be seamless.”

The past two years have been filled with challenges across the industry, and because of Lipman’s leaders and employees’ resiliency and ability to persevere, the company has a great runway for its future. In this new path forward, Lipman is committed to continuing its tradition of success.

For more information:
Samantha Sommers 
Lipman Family Farms 

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