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
Brian Barczak
General Manager, Operations
Brian joined Blue Diamond in July 2014. Brian is responsible for operations at Blue Diamond’s Sacramento, Salida and Turlock facilities; it is through these facilities that Blue Diamond has achieved acclaim as the world’s largest processor…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
Dan Cummings
Chairman of the Board (Chico)
Dan Cummings is a third generation almond farmer whose family joined Blue Diamond Growers in the 1920’s. He is the CEO of Capay Farms, responsible for the management of nearly 10,000 acres of almonds and walnuts in Butte, Glenn, Tehama and…Read More
Eric Ingram
General Manager, 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
Mel Machado
Director, Member Relations
Mel began his career at Blue Diamond Growers in 1992, working as a Field Supervisor in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. Working through the organization as Special Projects Coordinator and Assistant Director…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
Alicia Rockwell
Public Affairs Director
Alicia joined Blue Diamond in January 2015 and assumed responsibility for Corporate Communications including media/public affairs, and government relations as well as internal communications programs. Alicia comes to Blue Diamond after…Read More