The Cherry Industry Administrative Board (CIAB), the tart cherry industry’s federal marketing order, has named Heather Weber as its new executive director. Weber succeeds Meghan Swain, who left CIAB last October, according to a news release. 

Heather Weber
Heather Weber

Weber has worked for CIAB for 23 years. She most recently served as interim executive director. Before that, she held the position of compliance officer. 

“(Weber) is very experienced in all that the CIAB does and is very well qualified to assume this leadership position,” CIAB’s executive committee said in the release. “Her career with us has been marked by greater responsibilities at every juncture. Working with growers and handlers nationwide, the USDA and with the three previous executive directors has prepared Heather well to lead the tart cherry industry into the future.” 

CIAB represents tart cherry growers and processors in Michigan, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. The order’s chief responsibilities are regulating domestic supply and funding research and promotion programs on behalf of the industry. 

by Matt Milkovich