Mike Newell

HP Hood

Sales Director

Mike has worked in the dairy processing industry in Sacramento for over 30 years. Mike started his career as a management trainee at Crystal Cream & Butter in 1987 and worked in Operations, Sales, Marketing and Management. Mike served as Crystal’s President from 2003 until Crystal’s acquisition by Massachusetts-based HP Hood in 2007. Since 2007 Mike has been a Sales Director for HP Hood and is responsible for California industry relations and Hood product sales in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. At its Sacramento plant Hood manufactures and markets a variety of products including Lactaid Lactose Free Milk and Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

Mike has a wealth of governance experience and currently serves in board leadership positions with the Power Inn Alliance, the Dairy Council or California, and River City Bank. Mike has previously served in the board of SACTO, the Sutter Health Valley Regional Board, and the California Milk Processor Board. Mike has a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley and a MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mike and his wife Jenifer have been residents of Davis since 1987 and have three grown daughters.