Wilson has spent 49 years in the A.I. industry, of which 39 were with CRI. Early in his career, he worked in cattle genetics and came to GENEX, part of CRI, as the vice president of genetic programs. Later, he took on the role of leading GENEX domestic marketing as well. In 1993, Wilson was named COO of GENEX. Then, in March 2002, he was named CEO of CRI.
Under Wilson’s leadership, CRI grew by revenue and employees. CRI reported $189 million in revenue in 2016 and employs more than 1,350 people across the globe.
“Throughout my career, the changes at CRI and within the agricultural industry have been many and exciting,” states Wilson. “One of the greatest rewards has been to navigate those changes with an outstanding group of people – members, delegates, directors and employees included. Because of this dedicated team, I’m certain the best decade for this cooperative and its member owners is yet to come.”
The CRI board of directors will begin the search for a new CEO immediately.
Cooperative Resources International (CRI), headquartered in Shawano, Wisconsin, is the global leader in delivering excellence, innovation and value to members and customers. Built from organizations dating back to the 1920s, CRI and its subsidiaries – AgSource, GENEX and MOFA Global – are dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals linked to the land through plant and animal production. Learn more at www.crinet.com.