NAPI board of directors names interim CEO

The Daily Times staff
The Navajo Agricultural Products Industry's Navajo Pride Flour Mill is seen in April off New Mexico Highway 371 south of Farmington.

FARMINGTON — The board of directors for the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry announced Friday that Tsosie Lewis is no longer CEO of the tribal enterprise.

The announcement was made in a press release issued Friday evening.

No further information was provided but it stated that Operation and Maintenance Manger Lionel Haskie “has accepted” the position of interim CEO.

Lewis was hired as a livestock manager at NAPI in 1974, according to a biography posted on the NAPI website.

He was named the agronomy production manager in 1981 and then served as general manager from 1990 to 1994.

In 1994, he returned to school at New Mexico State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and agriculture business.

Lewis returned to NAPI in 1997 as potato crop manager. He was named CEO of the 72,573 acre farm, located south of Farmington, in 2002.