Key Cooperative Celebrates General Manager Retirement; Interim Announced
April 3, 2017
By Sara Clausen, Director of Communications & Member Relations
On March 31, 2017, Key Cooperative celebrated the retirement of General Manager Jim Magnuson after 19 years of serving as GM. Magnuson’s retirement will bring to a close a remarkable career of nearly 40 years of services to cooperatives and the Agribusiness industry.
“We genuinely appreciate Jim’s leadership over the years,” said Board President Bob Finch. “Jim’s financial and organizational skills and his vision for the future helped make Key Cooperative into the strong, progressive cooperative it is today. Jim leaves the company with a solid foundation on which to build for the benefit of future generations of Ag producers.”
Magnuson noted, “It has been a great career and I sincerely appreciate the privilege of serving our agricultural producers and communities. The Key Cooperative team is proof that it is not the places you go or the things you do, but it is the people you meet that are remembered and valued long after the job is done.”
The Key Cooperative Board of Directors has named Boyd Brodie to serve as Interim General Manager beginning April 1, 2017. Boyd has been at Key for 19 years serving as Agronomy Manager and today, as Operations Manager.
“Jim has positioned Key Cooperative well financially and more importantly, with committed, competent and professional employees that can operate this cooperative successfully,” said Boyd, “I too will be focused throughout the interim period and beyond to position our cooperative for success.
In 2016, the Board of Directors initiated a formal management succession process. The Board expects to complete the interview process this summer and name a new general manager by the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2017.