Names in the News: July 2020

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

June 30, 2020

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Names in the News: July 2020
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OBITUARY — Aviagen Turkeys, Lewisburg, W.Va., announced that Terry Conroy has passed away. Conroy had a long career in the turkey industry, working with AgriStats, Cargill and Butterball before joining Aviagen Turkeys in 2012. He was a leader in processing plants, performing yield analyses and improving plant efficiency and worked with many companies to help them obtain data in order to generate trends.


AGBIOME, Research Triangle Park, N.C. — Gerald Coward has joined the company as chief financial officer. Coward will lead the finance team. He was previously with Fresh Food Group.


AG SOLUTIONS NETWORK, Moline, Ill. — Zac Neppl has joined the company as national sales manager. Neppl will be responsible for growing the membership base.


AMERICAN SEED TRADE ASSN., Alexandria, Va. — Lainey Wolf has joined the association as international programs coordinator, effective July 13.


ANIMAL AGRICULTURE ALLIANCE, Arlington, Va. — Emily Solis has joined the association as communications specialist. Solis will help with the execution of issues management and communication efforts. She was previously with the Maryland Farm Bureau.


ANUVIA PLANT NUTRIENTS, Winter Garden, Fla. — Brett Bell has joined the company as executive vice president, account management and sales for the agricultural business. Bell will be responsible for national accounts and sales in agricultural markets, leading efforts to build existing retail and distribution alliances while creating new customer partnerships for sales of SymTRX. He was previously with Landus Cooperative.


ARDENT MILLS, Denver, Colo. — Angie Miller has joined the company as vice president of sales. Miller will lead sales strategies, create consistent value and deliver customer experience. She was previously with Bayer Crop Science.


CHR. HANSEN HOLDING A/S, Hoersholm, Denmark — Lise Skaarup Mortensen has been appointed chief financial officer, effective Oct. 1. Mortensen will help further develop the digital, data analytics and productivity agenda. She was previously with Microsoft.


FAST GENETICS, Saskatoon, Sask. — Jeff Kayser has been appointed technical production specialist. Kayser will be responsible for providing support to customers, internal production and third-party multiplication, consulting on biosecurity protocols, implementing research trials and collecting data and assisting in producer meetings and education.


ILC RESOURCES INC., Urbandale, Iowa — Travis Dillinger has joined the company as transportation coordinator. Dillinger will be responsible for managing customer deliveries, growing the company's relationship with carriers and supporting the company fleet. He was previously with C.H. Robinson.

Matt Fischbach has joined the company as sales manager. Fischbach will be responsible for the geography including Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. He was previously with MWI Animal Health.


INDIANA STATE POULTRY ASSN., West Lafayette, Ind. — Rebecca Eifert Joniskan has joined the association as president. Joniskan was previously with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.


LALLEMAND ANIMAL NUTRITION, Blagnac, France — Laurie Guillot has joined the Ruminant Center of Excellence based at UMR MEDIS, INRAE Rhone Alpes Auvergne-University of Clermont Auvergne as research project leader. Guillot will lead research projects applying molecular biology-based approaches to document the mode of action of company products and will develop new methods and models. She was previously with INRAE.

Dr. Ana Rodiles has joined the Monogastric Center of Excellence as senior scientist. Rodiles will lead bioinformatics analysis trials on pets, fish, shrimp and horses and will work with research and development in these fields. She also will develop and test new models in the field of bioinformatics and will train the research and marketing teams.

Richard Scuderi has joined the Forage Center of Excellence in Chazy, N.Y. Scuderi will lead research projects applying -omics technologies to characterize company bacteria strains and investigate the application of forage inoculants during ensiling and subsequent animal performance during feedout. He was previously with Mercer Milling Co.


LAND O'LAKES INC., Arden Hills, Minn. — Heather Malenshek will join the organization as chief marketing officer, effective Sept. 8. Malenshek will oversee business-to-consumer and business-to-business branding and marketing strategy and will be responsible for building marketing competencies across all businesses and geographies. She also will have oversight for the FLM Harvest subsidiary.


LEGACY SEED COMPANIES, Scandinavia, Wis. — Colin Steen has been appointed chief executive officer. Steen will lead all commercial, administrative, operational and financial aspects of the organization, working with the board to establish strategic direction. He was previously with Syngenta Ventures.


LOUIS DREYFUS CO. HOLDINGS B.V., Rotterdam, Netherlands — Michael "Mike" Gelchie has been named chief executive officer, effective Oct. 1, 2020. Gelchie was most recently chief operating officer.

Ian McIntosh will retire as chief executive officer in September 2020.


MICRONUTRIENTS, Indianapolis, Ind. — Robert Boss has joined the company as project manager in collaboration with the Nutreco Industrial Projects Team.


NATIONAL GRAIN & FEED ASSN., Arlington, Va. — Randy Gordon will retire as president and chief executive officer in March 2021. Gordon has served the organization for nearly 43 years.


NOBIS AGRI SCIENCE, Plainwell, Mich. — Caroline Knoblock has joined the company as dairy nutrition and management consultant. Knoblock was previously with Provimi.


OSBORNE INDUSTRIES INC., Osborne, Kan. — Chevy Davidson has been named North America sales representative for livestock equipment. Davidson will assist in the distribution of pig management equipment in the Midwest U.S. He was previously with Ag Property Solutions.


QUALITY TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, Elgin, Ill. — Dr. Mark Blakley has been appointed to the Field Technical Services team. Blakley will focus on customer support in layers and turkeys. He was previously with Butterball LLC.


TECHMIX GLOBAL, Stewart, Minn. — Hannah Burken has joined the company as research technician. Burken will help the innovations team with product prototypes and research support as well as product development and implementation.

Dr. Michael Reid has joined the company as international ruminant health manager. Reid will bring technical and direct research expertise to ruminant customers and producers. He will have commercial responsibilities with some key distribution and manufacturing partners in Europe and will work with team members to implement educational and training programs for commercial customers and at the farm level. He was previously with Nutribio Ltd.


TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, Lubbock, Texas — Ashutosh Verma has joined the School of Veterinary Medicine as associate professor of microbiology. Verma was previously with Lincoln Memorial University.


TROUW NUTRITION USA, Indianapolis, Ind. — Daniel Baker has been promoted to managing director Cluster USA. Baker was most recently director of marketing and innovation for Cluster USA.

Kelly McMillan has joined the company as director, U.S. marketing and innovation. McMillan was previously with AgriSync.


VERAMARIS, Delft, Netherlands — Yann Le Gal has joined the company as retail manager, Europe. Gal was previously with Mytilimer.

Herve Hartmann has been appointed general manger of the production facility in Blair, Neb. Hartmann was previously with DSM.

Alexander Hillmann has joined the company as chief financial officer. Hillmann was previously with Evonik.


VETSINA ANIMAL DIAGNOSTICS, Midlothian, U.K. — Dr. Peter Wells has been appointed chairman. Wells was previously with Novartis Animal Health.

Dr. Simon Wheeler has been appointed chief executive officer of the newly formed company.


WATERWAYS COUNCIL INC., Washington, D.C. — Tracy R. Zea has been named president and chief executive officer. Zea was most recently vice president-government relations.

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