Cheese and dairy specialties processorEmmi Roth USA , Monroe, Wis., namedSteve Millardas CEO and president, effective January 1, 2012. Officials said Millard succeeds current CEO Steve McKeon, who will remain active in special strategic projects through his role on the company’s board of directors.

“We are pleased to announce this smooth transition in the CEO position,” said Matthias Kunz, vice president of Emmi International. “Steve McKeon’s guidance and knowledge have been integral to the success of Emmi Roth USA through the years, and we are pleased he will continue to serve on our leadership team as a member of the board of directors.”

Emmi Roth said Millard brings more than 20 years of management and sales experience in the consumer-packaged goods industry, including 10 years for the Dannon Company. He joined Emmi Roth USA in 2007, was named senior vice president of sales in 2009, and was promoted to president in 2010.

“Steve Millard has proved to be a great asset to Emmi Roth USA,” Kunz said. “His goal- and team-oriented approach will ensure the company stays successful and remains a fun place to work. We are very pleased to announce this well-prepared transition.”

Emmi Roth USA, a subsidiary of Emmi Group, is a leading provider of specialty and artisan cheeses and premium fresh dairy products.