Danny Weeden, longtime leader of agricultural enterprises in the Pacific Northwest has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Sakuma Family Business. Weeden’s hiring follows a national search for a new leader for the family-owned business. He has over thirty years of experience in the food industry including senior positions with Olympic Foods, Seneca Foods and Chef Reddy Foods. Most recently he was executive vice president, general manager and chief financial officer of the grower-owned cooperative Oregon Cherry Growers.
“The challenges faced by our family business over the past three years demonstrated the need for a leader with the experience and skills to ensure the future of the Sakuma Family business,” said Steve Sakuma, the recently retired company CEO. He added, “We searched for a person who first, shared our family values, and finally who had the skill set to lead our family business across our transition to our next generation of Sakuma’s.”
Danny graduated from Eastern Washington University and entered the U.S. Marine Corp Naval Flight Officer School Navigator Program. He earned the money to attend college by working on his grandfather’s farm where he learned to work picking rocks, digging potatoes, changing water and working at a hay cube mill. Following his service to our country, Danny has spent the rest of his career within the agriculture industry following and teaching the leadership traits that have been the foundation for his success: “Know your values and don’t compromise them, act courageously and stand firm for the things that matter, and in adversity keep fighting — persevere — be faithful and don’t quit.”