Frank W. Muir, formerly of Conagra Foods Inc. in Irvine, CA, was named executive director of the Idaho Potato Commission.
Muir will take the position to be vacated in November by Mel Anderson who has served in the position for 16 years.
Muir joins the Commission with an impressive background in the food and commodity sectors. He is an 18-year veteran of Conagra, where he most recently managed a diverse $1 billion portfolio of brands.
Chairman Jeff Raybould said the Commission is excited to hire Muir so that they may draw on his experience and knowledge in the food business.
"We believe that Frank's prior management experience will be an asset to the IPC and that he will be able to continue the fine tradition established by Anderson," Raybould continued.
Muir managed such diverse products as Wesson Oil, Peter Pan Peanut Butter, Van Camp's beans, and 10 additional consumer brands.
"Few food products in America have achieved the level of consumer recognition and respect that is enjoyed by potatoes," Muir stated.
Muir's selection completes a four-month nationwide search for someone to take over for Anderson. The IPC received over 150 resumes across a wide variety of industries.
"We are proud to say that the Idaho Potato industry was extremely well served by the knowledge, expertise and dedication provided by Mel Anderson. The IPC is sorry to see him retire but we applaud his decision to do so and wish him well on this new phase of his life, "Raybould said.
In addition to his work with Conagra, Muir has also worked with the R.T. French Company in its potato division in Idaho Falls, ID, from 1983-85. He began his career in Minneapolis, MN, at General Mills in 1981 and remained there until 1983.
Muir is married with four children. He currently resides in Chino Hills, CA, and will shortly relocate to Boise, ID.