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Mulhern to succeed Kozak at NMPF

Jim Mulhern

Jim Mulhern


The National Milk Producers Federation announced Wednesday that Chief Operating Officer Jim Mulhern will take over as president and CEO on January 1.

The National Milk board appointed Mulhern to fill the position held by Jerry Kozak since 1997. Earlier this year, Kozak informed the board of his desire to retire on December 31.

Mulhern joined NMPF in January 2013, and since that time has managed the communications, government relations, and membership functions of the organization. His appointment as COO marked a return to NMPF; he had directed the organization’s government relations program earlier in his career.

A Wisconsin native, Mulhern came to Washington to work on Capitol Hill in 1983. Following his service at NMPF in the mid-1980s, he returned to Capitol Hill to serve as chief of staff for Sen. Herb Kohl, R-Wis.

Mulhern also worked in senior management positions for Fleishman-Hillard and the Fratelli Group, and was a partner in his own firm, Watson/Mulhern LLC. During this period, he maintained a close relationship with the dairy industry and NMPF by working as a consultant on numerous projects.

NMPF also announced that after retiring, Kozak will continue his involvement with the organization’s Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) program, which provides export assistance to its member cooperatives. Kozak will oversee CWT’s program and administrative operations and will report directly to Mulhern.