DMI Management Team

DMI’s Management Team oversees the work of several hundred staff at its Rosemont, IL, headquarters and in remote offices across the country.

Thomas Gallagher - CEO, DMIThomas P. Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer
Dairy Management Inc.
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Tom Gallagher is the chief executive officer for Dairy Management Inc., a role he assumed in 1995. In this role, Tom directs DMI’s strategic programming and operations, including strategic partnerships; nutrition, product and consumer research, export and ingredient marketing; health and wellness; consumer confidence in dairy; strategic communications and finance and administration. In this role, Tom has worked with and through the industry to meet unmet consumer demand for dairy products, thereby putting more dairy in more places.

In addition, Tom serves as the CEO of the National Dairy Council, which has a century long history of credibility and respect in the nutrition community. NDC has partnered with the National Football League, in collaboration with USDA, to develop Fuel Up to Play 60, a program that provides more access to nutritious foods and physical activity in schools.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in political science and a Master of Science degree in public administration, both from DePaul University. Tom has two children and resides in the Chicago area. He is dedicated to physical fitness, and an avid reader and sports fan.


Barb O'Brien - President, Innovation Center for U.S. DairyBarbara O'Brien
President, Dairy Management Inc.
President, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
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Barbara O’Brien is President of Dairy Management Inc., (DMI) where she leads and has oversight of the strategic planning and daily operations for the dairy checkoff program. Barb continues to serve as president of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, a precompetitive forum that advances collaboration among dairy companies, farmers and others in the dairy community to help guide the industry’s future. As a member of the DMI executive team, Barb instills an aggressive sales mentality, spearheads programs and operating structures for business development, partner management, sales planning and insights. As part of the checkoff business plan evolution, Barb led the translation of farmer priorities into industry-wide category strategies for growth. Her skills are instrumental in engaging the industry on behalf of U.S. dairy farmers, to a common end: to increase trust and sales for dairy among today’s consumers.

Prior to joining DMI, Barbara directed Burson Marsteller's Chicago-based healthcare consultancy and provided executive-level counsel for Fortune 500 consumer packaged goods and pharmaceutical clients including Procter and Gamble, Dow Corning, Quaker Oats, and Abbott Labs, establishing new business strategies for growing clients’ market share. She went on to co-found a healthcare consultancy that served the business and marketing planning needs of Chicago-area hospitals and health systems, and companies in the medical device, pharmaceutical, food and nutrition segments.

Barb is a proud mother of two college-age children and resides in the Chicago suburbs with her husband Mark.


Tom Vilsack - President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export CouncilTom Vilsack
President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. He took the position in February 2017 after serving eight years as the nation’s 30th Secretary of Agriculture.

As president and CEO, Vilsack provides strategic leadership and oversight of USDEC's global promotional and research activities, regulatory affairs and trade policy initiatives. This includes working with industry leaders to develop a long-term vision for building sales and consumer trust in U.S. dairy. Together with the USDEC board, he creates strategies to successfully achieve the shared vision. He serves as the organization's primary spokesperson and ambassador to a host of global and domestic stakeholders.

USDEC routinely partners with other dairy industry groups such as the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation to address the needs of its members, which include producers, processors and cooperatives, ingredient suppliers and export traders. An important component of Vilsack's role is working with and through these organizations to achieve results on behalf of the value chain.

Vilsack has been honored for his public service and work to advance American agriculture by the Congressional Hunger Center, Global Child Nutrition Foundation, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau, and National Farmers Union.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Vilsack was born into an orphanage and adopted in 1951. After graduating from law school, Vilsack moved to Mt. Pleasant Iowa, his wife Christie's hometown, where he practiced law. The Vilsacks have two adult sons and two daughters-in-law-Doug, married to Janet; and Jess, married to Kate. They also have four grandchildren.