Names in the News

Names in the News: January 2018

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

BIOZYME INC., St. Joseph, Mo. — Shelia Grobosky has joined the company as public relations coordinator. Grobosky will promote the company and its brands through editorial placement, media relations and product integration and will work with others on the Marketing Team to ensure that public relations efforts are helping drive traffic to social sites, generating brand awareness and supporting the company's goals. She most recently worked with the company on a contractual basis.


CENTRAL LIFE SCIENCES, Schaumburg, Ill. — Tracy L. Harris III has been promoted to vice president of sales for its professional brands. Harris will oversee sales leadership responsibilities for the professional pest management, vector, livestock, farm and feed, grain storage and processing, turf and ornamental and horticulture segments. He was most recently senior director of sales for the Professional Agricultural Products division.


DARLING INGREDIENTS INC., Irving, Texas — John O. Muse has been named executive vice president — chief administrative officer. Muse will focus on helping integrate and streamline the global administrative organization. He was most recently chief financial officer.

Brad Phillips has been named executive vice president — chief financial officer. Phillips will lead the financial team. He was most recently vice president — treasurer.


NUTRIAD INTERNATIONAL NV, Dendermonde, Belgium — Juan Carlos Bello has been appointed technical sales manager swine and poultry in Mexico. Bello will cover sales in Mexico and Central America.


SANDERSON FARMS INC., Laurel, Miss. — James “Norman” Butts has been promoted to corporate maintenance manager. Butts will be responsible for ensuring that a comprehensive maintenance program is active at each company division, along with monitoring maintenance programs to ensure that facilities and equipment are being maintained to a high quality standard. He also will assist with equipment changes or upgrades for poultry producers. He was most recently advanced trainee III.


SYNGENTA, Basel, Switzerland — Alexandra Brand has been appointed chief sustainability officer. Brand will lead the Business Sustainability Group to evolve existing sustainability initiatives and to drive forward the company's sustainability agenda. She was most recently regional director for Europe, Africa and Middle East.


U.S. POULTRY & EGG HAROLD E. FORD FOUNDATION, Tucker, Ga. — Barbara Jenkins has been named executive director. Jenkins will be responsible for day-to-day operations, including managing the collegiate recruiting grants program, interacting with FFA on a special program at the International Production & Processing Expo and bringing students from Latin American universities to the expo. She also will maintain her role as vice president of education and student programs for the U.S. Poultry & Egg Assn.


ELANCO ANIMAL HEALTH, Greenfield, Ind. — Sarena Lin has been named senior vice president, North America operations and global strategy. Lin will manage the entirety of the U.S. and Canadian food and companion animal businesses and will also oversee global strategy. She was previously with Cargill.


SELECT SIRES, Plain City, Ohio — Jordan Siemers has joined the company as dairy sire analyst. Siemers will work with Holstein breeders in western and midwestern regions of the U.S. and the eastern Canadian provinces and will be the lead sire analyst for milking Shorthorn procurement.


MISSOURI CATTLEMEN'S ASSN., Columbia, Mo. — Coby Wilson has joined the association as manager of strategic solutions. Wilson will be responsible for increasing non-dues revenue and building relationships with members and industry partners. He will also coordinate production of the Missouri Beef Cattleman magazine.


ARM & HAMMER, Princeton, N.J. — Laura Osborne Campbell has joined the company as ruminant account manager for the West region of the U.S. Campbell will support dairy and beef customers with a full portfolio of nutrition and microbial solutions and will work with producers and influencers across the region to grow awareness of the portfolio. She was previously with Novus International.

Jon Schmidt has joined the company as ruminant account manager for the North Central region of the U.S. Schmidt will support dairy and beef customers with a full portfolio of nutrition and microbial solutions and will work with producers and influencers across the region to grow awareness of the portfolio. Schmidt was previously with Elanco Animal Health.


NUTRIAD, Dendermonde, Belgium — Siep Raap has been appointed sales manager, Benelux. Raap will be responsible for supporting customers and business partners and bringing products and services to the market.


DAIRY ONE COOPERATIVE INC., Ithaca, N.Y. — Michael Reuter has been named director of analytical services, forage and soils. Reuter will supervise forage and soils operations and will be responsible for the overall leadership and the direction of these laboratories. He was most recently laboratory chemist and safety director.


EDGE DAIRY FARMER COOPERATIVE, Green Bay, Wis. — Paul Stoffel has joined the cooperative as member services representative. Stoffel will help expand services to members, including recruitment and member engagement, and he will also support farmers within the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance. He was previously with Heiser Chevrolet Cadillac.


PLUMROSE USA, Downers Grove, Ill. — Thomas Lopez has been named president. Lopez will lead strategy, growth and development, including direct oversight of operations. He was previously with Kraft-Heinz Food Co.


FILAMENT, Madison, Wis. — Jenny Martin has been promoted to director. Martin will work with the leadership and executive teams to assist with client services and business development. She was most recently senior marketing manager.


VITA PLUS CORP., Madison, Wis. — Katie Maier has been named dairy specialist. Maier will provide nutrition consulting and technical expertise to dairy producers primarily throughout southwestern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.


ADISSEO USA, Alpharetta, Ga.— Dr. Shane Fredin has been promoted to commercial manager — East region. Fredin will be responsible for aligning technical and commercial interests while leading the sales and technical group in the eastern U.S. and Canada.

Jeremy Painter has been named U.S. commercial director — dairy and poultry. Painter will be responsible for both the Poultry and Diary business in the U.S. He most recently led the North American Dairy Team.

Nik Sutter has been promoted to commercial manager — West region. Sutter will lead the sales and technical teams supporting the rumen-protected products Smartamine M and MetaSmart.


NUTRA-BLEND, Neosho, Mo. — Kevin Schluender has been appointed general manager. Schluender will be responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan and for integrating Purina's Ingredient Merchandising business, which became a division as of Jan. 1, 2018. Schluender was most recently vice president-procurement.


AMERICAN GELBVIEH ASSN., Broomfield, Colo. — Kelsi Christian has joined the association as multimedia coordinator. Christian will manage and develop social media strategies, contribute to the association's publications and marketing team, as well as assist members and customers with day-to-day registry questions.


BIO-CAT, Troy, Va. — Elaine Cooling has joined the company as regulatory affairs manager. Cooling will oversee the daily regulatory needs of customers, play a role in defining regulatory requirements for the strategic plan and interface with key regulatory agencies. She was previously with Allergen Pharmaceuticals International.


ADAMA, Tel Aviv, Israel — Joseph M. Krkoska has joined the company as executive vice president of global operations. Krkoska was previously with the Dow Chemical Co.


RENEWABLE FUELS ASSN., Washington, D.C. — Jessica Bennett has joined the association as vice president of external affairs. Bennett will primarily focus on building stakeholder support through policy and messaging and also will provide strategic counsel on internal and external communications, build stronger relationships with industry stakeholders and partners and assist with legislative and regulatory efforts as needed. She was previously with the National Corn Growers Assn.


BROCK GRAIN SYSTEMS, Milford, Ind. — Austin Beer has joined the company as design engineer. Beer will update equipment and develop new components for storage bins and grain handling systems.

Dave Ginn has joined the company as district manager for the eastern region of the U.S. and Canada. Ginn will work with dealers in the Tennessee Valley and mid-South regions to grow their business and increase their familiarity with the line of grain storage, handling, conditioning and structural products.

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