Names in the News

Names in the News: December 2017

A roundup of new employees and appointments in the agribusiness industry.

CARGILL, Brookville, Ohio — Tom Taylor has been named managing director of the U.S. premix organization, Provimi. Taylor most recently led the U.S. dairy business of Cargill Animal Nutrition.

 

HENDRIX GENETICS, Boxmeer, Netherlands — Luc Claessens will retire from his position as chief financial officer, effective March 31, 2018.

Mariette Ferrari will be promoted to chief financial officer, effective April 1, 2018. Ferrari is currently serving as director ERP.

 

AGCO CORP., Duluth, Ga. — Kelli Cook has been named manager, public relations, North America. Cook will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic public relations and publicity programs to support brand and product marketing efforts for North America. She was previously with Sikorsky.

 

AMERICAN FEED INDUSTRY ASSN., Arlington, Va. — Leah Wilkinson will become vice president of public policy and education for the legislative and regulatory department, starting in 2019. Wilkinson is currently vice president of legislative, regulatory and state affairs.

 

PINNACLE OPERATING CORP., Loveland, Colo. — Mark Pedro has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Pedro will be responsible for leading financial operations as well as providing overall strategic direction. He was previously with Sonepar, North America.

 

KENT NUTRITION GROUP, Muscatine, Iowa — Dr. Brandon Koch has joined the company's nutrition department as beef nutritionist.

 

NUTRIENT TECHNOLOGIES, Dinuba, Cal. — Greg Johnson has been named chief executive officer, in addition to his current role as president of Fine Americas Inc., which is also owned by De Sangosse Group. Johnson will work with each management team to continue growing existing markets while expanding the development and integration of De Sangosse nutritional and bio-stimulant technologies for both companies throughout North and South America.

 

PELICAN PRODUCTS INC., Torrance, Cal. — Rachael Fisher has been appointed director of worldwide logistics and warehousing. Fisher will develop and manage all strategic and tactical aspects of worldwide logistics operations and support services for customers of all business divisions, including improving the efficiency of inbound and outbound transportation and 3PL services while improving customer service levels. She was previously with Neovia Logistics.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, Brookings, S.D. — John Killefer has been named the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council endowed dean of the College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences. Killefer was previously with Oregon State University.

 

NATIONAL BIODIESEL BOARD, Jefferson City, Mo. — Kurt Kovarik has joined the board as vice president of federal affairs, effective Jan. 8, 2018. Kovarik was previously senior adviser and legislative director for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa).

 

TONISITY INC., St. Joseph, Mo. — Katlyn Kahler has joined the company as regional services representative. Kahler will work with producers and veterinary clinics.

Heather Rossi has joined the company as regional services representative. Rossi will work with producers and veterinary clinics.

Codie Swope has joined the company as regional services representative. Swope will work with producers and veterinary clinics.

Scott Westra has joined the company as regional services representative. Westra will work with producers and veterinary clinics.

 

ADVANCED BIONUTRITION CORP., Columbia, Md. — Frank DeGennaro has been named chief operating officer. DeGennaro was previously with DuPont Co. and Perdue Agri-Business.

 

NATIONAL SORGHUM PRODUCERS, Lubbock, Texas — Delanie Crist has joined the organization as communication coordinator. Crist will provide a broad range of public relations and marketing communications support and will serve as associate editor for Sorghum Grower magazine.

 

NEOGEN CORP., Lansing, Mich. — Ed Bradley intends to retire as vice president of the Food Safety division. Bradley has been with the company for 23 years ago, heading food safety activities for the past 17 years.

 

AMERICAN COOLAIR CORP., Jacksonville, Fla. — Nicole Adler has been named director of human resources and safety. Adler will manage the human resources department and will oversee safety training, implement safety programs and conduct inspections to ensure compliance.

 

LAND O'LAKES INC., Arden Hills, Minn. — Beth Ford has been promoted to chief operating officer, Land O'Lakes businesses, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Ford will have overall responsibility for the WinField United business and profit-and-loss responsibility for both the Purina Animal Nutrition and the Land O'Lakes Dairy Foods businesses while retaining her previous responsibilities for system-wide supply chain, operations and information technology, leading the development of the e-commerce platform. She was most recently head of the food and feed businesses,

Brad Oelmann has been promoted to chief operating officer, Land O'Lakes services, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Oelmann will bring together all services the cooperative offers its members. In addition to his current responsibilities for member services and business development services, he will add overall responsibility for Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN, Crop Nutrients, FLM Harvest and government relations. He was most recently executive vice president, member relations, business development services.

 

TYSON FOODS INC., Springdale, Ark. — Amy Tu has been named executive vice president and general counsel, effective Dec. 11. Tu was previously with The Boeing Co.

 

FEVERTAGS LLC, Amarillo, Texas — Jordan Furnish has joined the company as operational and technical manager. Furnish will manage the distribution cycle, oversee quality control and educate veterinarians and others within the cattle industry about the product.

 

IMMUCELL, Portland, Maine — Ellen Cushing has joined the company as the Midwest regional sales and marketing manager. Cushing will serve animal health distributors, veterinarians, calf raisers, dairy farmers and cow/calf operators in the Midwest, covering the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. She was previously with Elanco Animal Health.

 

PAULSEN, Sioux Falls, S.D. — Tyler Meints has joined the staff as account coordinator. Meints will assist with day-to-day coordination on key accounts.

 

ZINPRO CORP., Eden Prairie, Minn. — Dr. Timur Akmaliev has joined the company's subsidiary in Russia as country manager for Russia and other republics of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Akmaliev will manage all sales and marketing activities for Russia and CIS republics based from the sales office in Moscow, Russia.

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