Feb 7, 2019
Oregon Potato Commission CEO Bill Brewer to retire this summer

The longstanding CEO of the Oregon Potato Commission, Bill Brewer, is set to retire this summer.

The Capital Press reported Brewer, 68 — one of the most prominent figures in the growth of the Oregon potato industry — will call it a career on June 30. He has led the Oregon Potato Commission since 2005.

Commission board chairman Mark Ward told the Capital Press the interview process to find Brewer’s successor has begun.

During his tenure, Brewer has helped navigate disease crisis, led the effort to grow Oregon’s export market and was instrumental in founding the Potato Variety Management Institute in 2005. The PVMI licenses and promotes varieties developed by the three-state Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon and Washington) cooperative breeding team.

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