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Ceres native Matt Cranford resigns as County Fair CEO for State Fair position

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After more than seven years serving as CEO of the Stanislaus County Fair, Matt Cranford is leaving his position to oversee facility operations at California Exposition and State Fair. As the Stan County Fair searches for a permanent replacement, concessions manager Kim Williams will serve as interim CEO.

Cranford said that the opportunities at the state level came fast, and that it was a unique opportunity that he felt couldn’t be turned down.

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New Foster Farms CEO talks about staffing, products and more as family ownership ends

in business/Employment

The new ownership at Foster Farms plans to retain its 12,000-strong workforce and the company’s mix of poultry products, Chief Executive Officer Donnie Smith said.

“There’s no reason for anybody at Foster Farms to be concerned about whether or not they’re going to have a job,” he said on a Zoom call Tuesday with The Modesto Bee. “Our intent is to grow the business.”

Smith spoke two weeks after Atlas Holdings, based in Greenwich, Connecticut, purchased Foster Farms from the family that founded it in 1939. The price was not disclosed. The operation includes turkey processing in Turlock and chicken plants in Livingston, Fresno, Porterville, Oregon, Washington, Louisiana and Alabama.

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It arguably has been the most trying time in the 59-year history of Manteca’s original modern-day hospital.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca’s 500 plus workers from housekeeping and engineering to nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and therapists have faithfully and without failure manned the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That is the lesson Dr. Murali Naidu will take with him when he departs the chief executive officer post on Jan. 3 he assumed a month before the pandemic started in March 2020 to take on a similar job at Turlock’s Emmanuel Medical Center.

“It’s really the commitment and resilience people have,” Naidu said of the hospital staff. “In the hospital community we’re all together in our desire to help people . . . They dealt with physical and emotional fatigue in the face of the unknown at great risks to themselves.”

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Emanuel Medical Center names new CEO

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Emanuel Medical Center welcomes its third chief executive officer in four years, as the Turlock hospital announced the hiring of Murali Naidu, MD, FACS to the top administrative position.

Naidu assumed responsibility for all hospital operations, executive planning and directing medical services as of Nov. 15. He takes over for Warren Kirk, CEO of Doctors Medical Center and Tenet’s Northern California Group, who served as interim CEO for the past two months, following the resignation of Lani Dickinson.

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