PRESS RELEASE: Western Growers Hires Ken Cooper as Director of Risk Strategy

IRVINE, Calif., (October 12, 2016) -- Ken Cooper has joined Western Growers as the new Director of Risk Strategy, where he will head the expansion and implementation of comprehensive risk management strategies. As the lead for the Western Growers Risk Resources Team, Cooper will spearhead the development of innovative on-site and virtual solutions that are customized to meet the loss control and safety needs of Western Growers’ members.

“Ken’s extensive experience in risk mitigation coupled with his exceptional talent for customer service makes him the perfect addition to our team,” said Jeff Gullickson, Senior Vice President of Western Growers Insurance Services. “His expertise and insightful input will be invaluable as we bolster our insurance offerings and bring Western Growers’ insurance brokerage to the next level.”

Cooper most recently served as the Regional Vice President of Claims Consulting at a large national broker, where he specialized in risk management, loss mitigation and strategic planning. Previously, he worked at ESIS and the State Compensation Insurance Fund, providing leadership in negotiations, settlements and claim closures.

“Living in a world that significantly relies on agribusiness, I am reminded daily of the importance of agriculture to our communities and our daily lives,” said Cooper. “I am extremely excited to join the team at Western Growers to help bring the both existing and developing insurance products and expertise to our members and clients.”

Cooper holds a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/business economics from California Lutheran University.

High-resolution image of Ken Cooper is available here.

About Western Growers: Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California and Colorado. Our members and their workers provide half the nation's fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including nearly half of America's fresh organic produce. For generations we have provided variety and healthy choices to consumers. Connect with and learn more about Western Growers on our Twitter and Facebook.

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