BC Tree Fruits has found a new CEO.
The Co-operative Board of Directors hired Stan Swales, who brings 30 years experience to the co-op, Nov. 28.
“After a long search, we are excited to move forward with our selection of (Swales),” said BC Tree Fruits Cooperative President Jeet Dukhia. “The Board of Directors is confident Stan will build on the trust between Cooperative members and staff while working towards a strong, sustainable industry for our members.”
Swales started in the industry in 1985 at Okanagan North Growers Co-Op in Winfield where he spent 20 years in various roles, including both horticulture and operations. From there he moved to Growers Supply Co. Ltd. as the General Manager where he remained for 10 years. For the last year he was with BASF Canada as a business representative.
“I am thrilled to be back with the Cooperative as the new CEO,” said Swales. “Over the span of my career in the industry, I have worked in some capacity at almost every level. With that comes the understanding of the needs and challenges both the membership and the Cooperative face and I feel I can draw on my experience to help guide our Cooperative moving forward.”
Swales started the job Tuesday, but will be in the office full-time starting Dec. 27. Chief Financial Officer Warren Everton will remain acting CEO until then.