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Mike Durkin, president and CEO of Leprino Foods for the past nine years, has announced he will retire in 12 months. He will be replaced by Lance Fitzsimmons, the company’s chief supply officer, who has worked for Leprino since 2009. Founded by Mike Leprino in Denver Colorado in 1950, and still owned by his family, the company’s meteoric growth has slowed in recent years, although it still has a leading position in large-scale Mozzarella manufacturing with 10 huge plants in the US, a joint venture in Brazil, and the recent deal to buy out Glanbia Cheese from their joint venture in the UK with Glanbia PLC.