Succession plan


Grinnell Mutual believes that planning for the future is one of the most important things a company can do. With that in mind, the company has announced its succession plan in advance of President and CEO Jeff Menary’s retirement. No date has been set for Menary’s retirement, and he expects to continue at the company for the next few years as CEO.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, Dave Wingert assumes the role of president of Grinnell Mutual. 

Wingert has served as Grinnell Mutual’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2017. He also served as interim president from September 2017 to June 2018, while Menary recovered from West Nile virus.

Roby Shay, formerly vice president of Enterprise Solutions and chief information officer since 2015, joins the executive leadership team as COO while retaining his CIO title.

“Putting a leadership succession plan in place well in advance will help create a smooth transition when the time comes,” said Menary, who was named president and CEO in March 2017. “It also ensures a continuity of leadership as Dave, Roby, and I work even more closely together to steer Grinnell Mutual though exceptionally challenging times and to chart a strong, profitable future for the company.

“I want the next leaders to have more success than any before them, to go above and beyond previous leaders, including me,” Menary continued. “It's a succession plan in the truest sense — making sure we have the best people in place, ready to help this company move forward. I’m very proud of both Dave and Roby, and very proud of the entire senior leadership.”