Native Californian Robert W. “Bob” Norris has been named president and chief executive officer of Calcot.
Norris, 60, has been carrying an interim title since the 1,600-member cooperative's board fired Australian David Farley as president in June.
Norris is Calcot's seventh president in the cooperative's 76-year history, and was one of the finalists to become the sixth president before the board hired Farley who was fired after less than a year on the job.
Norris has been with Calcot since 1969 and executive vice president since 2002. He remained in that position after Farley took over.
Norris has extensive experience in all aspects of finance, cotton marketing, warehousing and shipping. As Calcot president, he is directed by Calcot's board and is responsible for guiding the grower-owned cooperative association in its efforts to maximize returns on producers' cotton.
As executive vice president and previously senior vice president of finance and administration, Norris was responsible for all banking relations, foreign and domestic, which required constant contact with and oversight of all Calcot departments, including export sales, domestic sales, futures, traffic, market research, and grower services.
Norris directly oversaw grower services, call pool marketing, data processing, warehousing, traffic and administration.
He has worked his way up the ladder, beginning as a growers services assistant, and later serving as office manager of Calcot's Arizona plant, supervisor of Calcot's call pool, before being promoted to assistant vice president of grower services and later vice president of finance.
He also serves as a vice president of Amcot, Inc., the international sales arm of the nation's four major cotton marketing cooperatives, and previously was its secretary/treasurer.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969, and he holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from California State University, Fresno and also graduated from the Financial Executive Program at Pennsylvania State University in 1982.
Norris is a delegate to the National Cotton Council, and an adviser to the Bakersfield College Athletic Foundation.
He and wife, Donna, reside in Bakersfield and have two children.