Leadership

Blue Diamond Growers is a dynamic organization led by a dedicated team. Our success is based on a valuable product, an ability to adapt to changing markets, and a shared vision for the future. Meet some members of our leadership team.

Mark Jansen
President & CEO
Mark Jansen was selected by the Blue Diamond Growers Board of Directors to become President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2010. With a unique understanding of the branded retail and food service business, Mark’s career achievements…Read More
David Baker
Director, Member Relations
David began his career with Blue Diamond in 1974 as a Field Supervisor working directly with Blue Diamond’s growers. In 1977, he was promoted to Assistant Field Manager, a position he held until 1980, at which time he became Manager…Read More
Susan Brauner
Public Affairs Director
Susan’s tenure with Blue Diamond Growers spans 35 years. During this time she has served as the lead spokesperson for the cooperative and led corporate communications. Susan also is responsible for the company’s government affairs…Read More
Bob Carroll
Business Director, International Retail Division
Bob began his tenure at Blue Diamond in 2004 as Senior Marketing Manager. Bob now leads Blue Diamond’s International Retail business. In this capacity, Bob and his team have expanded the reach of Blue Diamond branded products…Read More
Eric Ingram
General Manager, Global Human Resources
Eric joined Blue Diamond in 2012 assuming responsibility as the Head of Global Human Resources. Eric and his team are accountable for Blue Diamond’s “people strategy”, enterprise talent and capability, and helping build “the best place to work”…Read More
Dean LaVallee
Chief Financial Officer
Dean LaVallee assumed the role as Blue Diamond’s Chief Financial Officer in 2011 following a 20-year career with Kraft Foods. Dean’s more than 25 years of finance experience includes senior Finance leadership positions in Accounting…Read More
Ken Lehman
General Manager, Global Supply Chain
Ken joined Blue Diamond in August 2013. Previous to joining the team, he served as Vice President of Logistics and Business Process Improvement for Ralcorp Holdings in St. Louis, Missouri. As our Supply Chain leader…Read More
Bruce M. Lish
General Manager, Operations
Bruce began his career in Plant Operations with Blue Diamond in 1971. Working in a variety of positions in the plant, Bruce advanced his career through managerial roles to his present position as General Manager of Operations…Read More
Diane Manning
Director, Internal Audit
Diane assumed responsibility as the Director of Internal Audit for Blue Diamond in 2011. She brings more than 25 years of public accounting, business management consulting and internal audit experience…Read More
Bill Morecraft
General Manager, Global Ingredients Division
Bill’s tenure with Blue Diamond spans more than 25 years. Beginning with the company in 1986 as a Financial Analyst, Bill has broad experience across several disciplines including Strategic Planning, Product Costing…Read More
John O’Shaughnessy
General Manager, Consumer Division
John O’Shaughnessy joined Blue Diamond Growers as General Manager of the Consumer Division in 2002. John has oversight for the growth and development of the world’s best-known brand of almond products, Blue Diamond Almonds…Read More