June 20th, 2023

Pomona Farming Appoints Derek DeGroot as New Chief Operating Officer

Reinforcing Commitment to Sustainable Agriculture

Bakersfield, June 20, 2023 – Pomona Farming is thrilled to announce the appointment of Derek DeGroot as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO). With his extensive experience in supply chain management, strategic planning, and procurement, DeGroot brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to further strengthen Pomona Farming’s commitment to sustainability and innovation.

DeGroot holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business, specializing in Supply Chain Management and Corporate Finance. He also graduated with high honors from the University of California Davis, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Statistics.

Having most recently served as the Director of Dairy Procurement and Supply Chain at Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc., DeGroot showcased his exceptional leadership skills by successfully managing teams, overseeing a multimillion-dollar budget, and implementing strategic initiatives that drove cost reduction, supply optimization, and product quality improvement.

Throughout his career, DeGroot has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and innovation, making significant contributions to his previous company’s procurement, supply chain, and financial operations. His accomplishments include effectively managing multi-million-dollar budgets, implementing cost-saving strategies, optimizing supplier relationships, and leading key initiatives such as greenfield manufacturing site selection and SAP implementation. Moreover, he has actively participated in industry committees and boards, advocating for economic policies, and driving positive change within the dairy industry.

“I am thrilled to join Pomona Farming and contribute to its mission of sustainable agriculture production,” said DeGroot. “By leveraging data-driven insights, optimizing supply chains, and embracing innovative strategies, we can further enhance Pomona Farming’s commitment to sustainable farming practices and solidify our position as a pioneering leader within the industry. I eagerly look forward to collaborating with the incredible sustainability team already in place, working together to drive positive change and contribute to a more sustainable future.”

DeGroot’s impressive track record of driving operational efficiency, improving profitability, and promoting innovation perfectly aligns with Pomona Farming’s commitment to sustainable farming practices and water conservation efforts. In his role as COO, DeGroot will oversee the company’s day-to-day operations, spearhead strategic initiatives, and further enhance Pomona Farming’s position as an industry leader.

“We are thrilled to have Derek DeGroot join our team as our new Chief Operating Officer,” said Ryon Paton, CEO of Pomona Farming. “His extensive experience and proven leadership in supply chain management and sustainability make him a perfect fit for our organization. We look forward to working closely with Derek as we continue to grow and innovate in the agricultural and food sector.”

Pomona Farming remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting sustainable farming practices, protecting natural resources, and driving innovation in the agricultural industry. With the appointment of Derek DeGroot as COO, the company reinforces its dedication to sustainable operations and furthering its positive impact on the environment.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Deanna Eakin
Managing Director, Sustainability
Pomona Farming
Phone: (650) 549-8097