Grimmway Farms Announces New Chief People Officer, Sara Oliver; Jeff Huckaby Comments
BAKERSFIELD, CA - If you need to know anything about the team at AndNowUKnow, we’re stoked to hear news of executive moves. Naturally, we were thrilled when we heard Grimmway Farms’ latest announcement. The grower recently named Sara Oliver as Chief People Officer (CPO), a new position within the company’s executive leadership team. She will be responsible for leading all aspects of human resources strategy and operations, and will oversee development of the company’s annual Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report.
“I’m excited and gratified for the opportunity to work strategically with senior leadership and the Board of Directors on human capital initiatives, including our ESG performance reporting,” Oliver remarked in a press release. “Our employees are the heart and soul of Grimmway Farms. I’m dedicated to developing talent to enhance our organizational performance while driving an inclusive and diverse culture that celebrates our history as a company.”
Having worked for the company for over 25 years, Oliver is an essential part of the team’s success. Since 2017, she has served as Vice President of Human Resources, and in this new role, Oliver will continue to direct all areas of human resources for the company.
She will focus on expanding opportunities for employees within the organization, recruiting and retaining exceptional talent, enabling a flexible and diverse workforce, and empowering a culture of growth. Oliver will also oversee government and public affairs, steering the direction for Grimmway’s diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives.
“Sara is a respected and empathetic leader, committed to fostering positive and supportive employee experiences,” said Jeff Huckaby, President and Chief Executive Officer. “She has led our team through times of expansion and growth and times of swift organizational change. This promotion recognizes her successful career at Grimmway as well as our commitment to our most critical resource—our employees.”
Oliver is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She also holds an SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) HR credential, and has served on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations.
With over 7,000 employees operating across seven states, Grimmway Farms has found a vital Chief to keep its team in tip-top shape.
Congratulations to Sara on this new role!