by: Matthew Self, Ryan Atchinson
KANSAS CITY, MO (KSNT) — Harvesters’ board of directors has selected current chief operating officer Stephen Davis as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, the company announced Thursday.
Davis becomes the fifth person to lead Harvesters and will officially assume his new role on July 1.
“Stephen brings deep institutional knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of the challenges ahead,” said Harvesters Board Chair Kimberly Svaty. “He is a forward thinker who has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to drive forward innovative ideas for the benefit of the organization and our partner agencies.”
Davis joined Harvesters as COO in 2015, after working for nearly 11 years as director of budget and business operations with the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park. Previously, he worked over eight years in the school catering industry as Director of Food and Nutrition Services and later as Regional Director of Management Services for Sodexho School Districts across the country. Oregon, Nevada and California.
“It is a huge honor and a lesson in humility to accept this position,” said Davis. “My time at Harvesters has been very rewarding, and we have been able to do great work for neighbors who are food insecure in our service area.”
Davis also brings extensive knowledge with experience working with the national Feeding America network and has served on several food committees there. The company will immediately start looking for a new COO. Davis will fill both roles beginning July 1 until a replacement is named.