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Farmer Bros. Co. appoints Ellen D. Iobst as Chief Operations Officer

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NORTHLAKE, Texas, U.S. – Farmer Bros. Co. has announced the appointment of Ellen D. Iobst as Chief Operations Officer, effective February 20, 2017.

“Ellen’s experience and background makes her an ideal choice to further enhance the strength and depth of our management team,” said President and CEO, Mike Keown.

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“Her combination of industry, retail and consumer knowledge uniquely qualifies her to drive Farmer Brothers’ operating priorities and help develop leading practices within the Company.

After having recently worked with Ellen on our strategic initiatives, I know Ellen has the leadership capabilities to support the continuing transformation of Farmer Brothers.”


Ms. Iobst has a robust background in leading supply chain strategies that enable businesses to grow, expand and innovate faster.

Ms. Iobst was recently working as an independent consultant with Farmer Bros. on a number of strategic initiatives, including manufacturing sourcing, supply chain improvement, M&A and project implementation.

Prior to working with Farmer Bros., Ms. Iobst was SVP, Supply Chain and Chief Sustainability Officer at Sunny Delight Beverages Co., a manufacturer of the Sunny Delight brand chilled juice drink, and before that she worked at Procter & Gamble, a multinational consumer goods company, for over 20 years, most recently leading its juice supply chain operations.

Ms. Iobst graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.


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