Larry Cox, owner of Lawrence Cox Ranches in Brawley, California, became the new chairman of Western Growers. Cox assumed the reigns from Vic Smith, President and CEO of JVSmith Companies in Yuma, Arizona. The transition took place at the board meeting yesterday which occurred during the 90th Annual Meeting being held in San Diego. He will officially take over the duties of chairman at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. Cox was first elected to the board in 2009.