After leading a co-op with more than 10,000 members for 15 years, Aaron Forde’s departure from Aurivo late last year came as a surprise to many. Over his 15 years at the helm of the milk processor, Forde oversaw the doubling of the co-op’s milk pool and for six years also served as chair at Ornua.

Forde grew the northwest-based Aurivo by buying Donegal Creameries’ dairy and retail operations in 2011.