For the past 15 years, Hughes has worked as general counsel at Organic Valley in La Farge. While there, she helped grow the number of participating farms from 500 to 2,000 and annual sales to more than $1 billion.
Gov. Tony Evers named Hughes to replace former CEO Mark Hogan, who retired Sept. 1 and had been appointed to the post by Gov. Scott Walker.
“With her background helping small businesses and family farms, coupled with her experience navigating complex governmental, regulatory, trade and business matters, Missy Hughes will be an incredible asset to our team as we work to grow an economy that works for everyone,” Evers said in a statement.
Before joining Organic Valley, Hughes worked as a private attorney in Wyoming. She will begin her new role Oct. 1.
“Having worked in a high-growth business for many years with the goal of helping farmers stay on their farms now and for coming generations, I am excited to bring my experience to the Evers administration, and I look forward to helping all of Wisconsin thrive,” Hughes said in a statement.