Meet Our New Board Members: Darigold and Fortive

We are excited to welcome two new members to the Washington Roundtable board: Joe Coote, CEO of Darigold and Olumide Soroye, President & CEO of Intelligent Operating Solutions at Fortive. Learn more about them below. Thank you to previous members Stan Ryan of Darigold and Barbara Hulit of Fortive for their leadership and work on the Roundtable.

Joe Coote

CEO, Darigold

Joe Coote joined Darigold, Inc., the marketing and processing arm of the Northwest Dairy Association, in 2020 as President of the co-op’s Global Ingredients division. Hired with succession in mind, Mr. Coote was named CEO in 2022. Coote came to Darigold with a demonstrated track record of leadership in consumer-packaged goods and food, including deep experience and expertise in the global and U.S. dairy sectors, most recently serving in various leadership roles with Fonterra Co-operative Group, the world’s largest exporter of dairy products, where he held a variety of global leadership roles spanning commercial leadership of the Americas, supply chain and operations, economic optimization, and value chain transformation.

Coote began his career with the global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers where he held senior consulting roles with a focus on retail and consumer supply chains. After completing an assignment with Coles Mayer, Australia’s largest retail group, he joined that firm to lead a six-year supply chain transformation initiative that delivered higher service and quality, while reducing lead times and total delivered costs. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, and is a Chartered Accountant under the Institute of Chartered Accounts, Australia.

Olumide Soroye

President & CEO, Intelligent Operating Solutions, Fortive

Olumide Soroye leads Fortive’s Intelligent Operating Solutions segment. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in executing software, data, analytics, and AI-advantaged strategies in connected digital workflows across multiple industries. He is also an ardent champion of the Fortive Business System as a potent driver of sustained profitable growth in our businesses.

Before joining Fortive, Soroye served as managing director at CoreLogic, where he led the transformation of the company into a highly profitable growth engine through data-driven digital workflow innovation and strategic acquisitions. He previously served as SVP at QuinStreet, and focused on growth, product, and sales strategy in the technology sector as a partner at McKinsey & Company. Soroye holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, JD from Loyola Law School, and a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical & materials engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.


Around the Table: JPMorgan Chase, Windermere, Puget Sound Energy, & more

Funding efforts to increase Black homeownership

JPMorgan Chase recently announced it will direct $1.95 million toward a Black homeownership initiative organized by Civic Commons that aims to add 1,500 Black homeowners in the Seattle area in the next five years. In addition, HomeSight is working with Windermere Real Estate, U.S. Bank, and others to offer a loan for Black/African American homebuyers in Washington state.

Committing to sustainability

Microsoft recently released its annual sustainability report on its 2021 progress toward becoming a carbon negative, water positive, zero waste company by 2030. Puget Sound Energy has formed an advisory group to help guide its Beyond Net Zero Carbon goal.