Names in the News: October 2020

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

September 30, 2020

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Names in the News: October 2020
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AG PROCESSING INC., Omaha, Neb. — Kyle Droescher has been named group vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 2021. Droescher was most recently vice president of finance.

Ernie Kiley will retire as senior vice president of operations at the end of 2020.

Lou Rickers has been promoted to vice president of operations. Rickers was most recently senior director of operations.

Scott Simmelink will retire as group vice president and chief financial officer at the end of 2020.


BIMEDA BIOLOGICALS, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. — Paul Lawrence has been appointed research and development director. Lawrence will manage and provide strategic direction in the development of U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved products and development of autogenous vaccines, with a primary focus on establishing support of the swine autogenous business and the diagnostic lab and research facilities. He was previously with Pipestone Veterinary Services.


BIOZYME INC., St. Joseph, Mo. — Sarah Cravens has joined the company as general counsel. Cravens will interpret laws across borders within the U.S. and abroad to help grow the business and help others better understand the laws and their legal implications in the various places the company conducts business. She was previously with Missouri Western State University.

Kori McLaughlin has joined the company as area sales manager for Iowa. McLaughlin will work to develop new dealerships and build upon current dealer and customer relationships while promoting company product lines. She was previously with Sperry Union Store.


BROCK GRAIN SYSTEMS, Milford, Ind. — Eric Rydin has been named business unit controller. Rydin will be responsible for cost accounting, financial reporting and operational results. He was most recently multi-site financial controller for the Kansas City, Mo., facility and for the subsidiary companies of LeMar Industries in Des Moines and Sheffield, Iowa, and Midwest Bearing & Supply in Des Moines.


BW INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, Romeoville, Ill. — Heather Spitler has been promoted to vice president of culture and people development. Spitler will focus on creating harmony between people and performance. She was most recently director of culture and people development.


CJ BIO AMERICA, Downers Grove, Ill. — Dr. Roshan Adhikari has joined the company as product development manager. Adhikari will provide technical assistance to customers, identify opportunities for market growth and conduct collaborative research with academic institutions. He was previously with Kerry Inc.


D&D INGREDIENT DISTRIBUTORS INC., Delphos, Ohio — Quinton Langhals has joined the Consignment Business Group as inventory consignment specialist. Langhals will be responsible for managing assigned, consigned inventory and shipments of ingredients used in animal food products. He also will help ensure that goods are delivered on time and in compliance with business partner requirements.


HELIAE AGRICULTURE, Gilbert, Ariz. — Julia Engler has joined the company regional sales manager. Engler will work with distributors and retail partners in the Wisconsin and Illinois region to implement the PhycoTerra product line into recommended grower applications.

Porter Phelps has joined the company as regional sales manager. Phelps will work with distributors and retail partners in the Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas region to implement the PhycoTerra product line into recommended grower applications.


HELIAE DEVELOPMENT LLC, Gilbert, Ariz. — B. Pratyusha Chennupati has joined the company as regulatory affairs manager. Chennupati will strategically plan implementation of the registration process and analyze regulations worldwide to help guide regulatory and compliance strategies.


HENDRIX GENETICS, Boxmeer, Netherlands — Claudio Larrain has joined the company as sales and marketing manager aquaculture in Chile. Larrain will generate long-term commercial relationships and build new strategies to increase the value of the product portfolio for the Chilean salmonid market. He was previously with DSM Nutritional Products Chile.


MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH, Madison, N.J. — Dr. Jeroen van de Ven has been named leader of the newly formed Merck Animal Health Intelligence operating unit. Van de Ven was most recently chief operating officer of Antelliq (now Merck Animal Health Intelligence).


MICHIGAN POTASH & SALT CO. LLC, Evart, Mich. — Cory Christofferson has joined the company as chief development officer. Christofferson will focus on positioning the company for investment and growth.

Jeff Kummer has joined the company as chief operating officer. Kummer was previously with SaaS.


PERDUE AGRIBUSINESS, Salisbury, Md. — Scott Fredericksen has been appointed president. Fredericksen was most recently executive vice president.


PLUTON BIOSCIENCES, St. Louis, Mo. — Elizabeth Scherer has joined the company as research associate. Scherer will be responsible for DNA extraction, data collection/reporting/organization and writing protocols, as well as assisting with project management and workflow, including organizing and processing soil samples to isolate and identify specific microbes.

Farhan William has joined the company as research associate. William will be responsible for culturing, preparing and maintaining microbes, plus hatching and maintaining mosquito larvae for research. He also will conduct assays, create protocols and collect and report data.


RABOBANK, New York, N.Y. — Roland Fumasi has been appointed to lead the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness team in North America. Fumasi was most recently manager of the Fresno, Cal., RaboResearch team.


RALCO, Marshall, Minn. — Dr. Tim Broderick has joined the company as poultry research and development manager. Broderick will be responsible for research and development of products for the poultry industry and will provide technical and nutritional support to poultry customers regarding health challenges and meeting their production goals.


TIGRIS, Middlesex, N.C. — Matt Heinze has joined the company as western U.S. regional manager. Heinze will manage the western U.S. and Pacific Northwest territory. He was previously with Verdesian Life Sciences..


VERSOVA, Des Moines, Iowa — Dr. Stacey Roberts has joined the company as director of nutrition and will lead the pullet and layer nutrition program across the family of farms in Iowa and Ohio. Roberts will research and implement new technologies in pullet and layer nutrition to improve efficiencies and sustainability and utilize a data-driven approach to continually refine the nutrition program. She also will work with the feed milling and production teams to ensure that each flock's nutrient needs are met through ingredient and complete feed quality control programs. She was previously with Cargill.


VES, Chippewa Falls, Wis. — John McBride announced his retirement as co-founder and former chief executive officer of the company.


VIRTUS NUTRITION, Corcoran, Cal. — Dr. Douglas Waterman has been named eastern technical sales director. Waterman will oversee technical services and direct sales in the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast regions.

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