The board of directors for Marion, New York-based Seneca Foods Corp. appointed Kraig H. Kayser as a member, effective Nov. 10. Kayser will fill a current vacancy resulting from the death of Arthur S. Wolcott, the company’s founder and chairman.
As a result of Kayser’s appointment, the size of the board will remain unchanged at nine members and he will serve in the class of directors with a term expiring in 2023. The board also appointed Kayser as non-executive chairman of the board.
Kayser is the former president and CEO of the company, serving in this role from 1993 to his retirement from the position in 2020. From 1991-93, he was the company’s CFO. Additionally, he previously served as a member of the company’s board beginning in 1985 up until his retirement from the board in 2020.
Kayser is also a director of Moog Inc., where he serves as chair of the audit committee and a member of the nominating and governance committee. He is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University. He received a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and an MBA from Cornell University.
“We are pleased to announce that Kraig will be rejoining the board. His extensive knowledge of the company and the industry will be invaluable as we explore opportunities for the future,” stated Paul Palmby, president and CEO.
Seneca Foods is a provider of packaged fruits and vegetables, with facilities located throughout the United States. Its products are primarily sourced from more than 1,600 American farms. Seneca holds the largest share of the retail private label, food service and export canned vegetable markets, distributing to over 90 countries. Products are also sold under the brands of Libby’s, Aunt Nellie’s, Green Valley, CherryMan, READ and Seneca labels, including Seneca snack chips.