The American Egg Board (AEB) announced that, effective in June, Emily Metz will assume the role of president and chief executive officer. An agriculture industry veteran and passionate strategist, Metz fills the role vacated by previous CEO Anne Alonzo last month.
“Our industry has not seen this much change and uncertainty in decades, and our producers need a visionary leader to help the industry adapt to a changing marketplace,” AEB chairman Steve George said. “We thank Anne for continually advancing our industry during her tenure with us, and we look forward to Emily using her creativity to capitalize on even greater opportunities to drive demand for U.S. eggs and egg products.”
Most recently, Metz was the head of global research and development communications and new product marketing for U.K.-based Genus PLC, the world’s largest animal genetics company. She led strategy and communications across various subsidiaries, including ABS Global and the Pig Improvement Co.
Prior to joining Genus, Metz served as chief of staff at the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), where she also oversaw the industry’s animal welfare, sustainability and worker welfare program, the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management Program. Her other roles with NMPF included oversight of the marketing efforts of the American Butter Institute, the dairy industry’s “Peel Back the Label” campaign and Real Seal Program. Metz also chaired several committees for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which works with leaders from across the dairy value chain to align on pre-competitive priorities, drive progress and speak with one voice.
“Consumers today are looking for new ways to access and enjoy protein, which provides a tremendous opportunity for us to continually evolve our industry to meet that changing marketplace,” Metz said. “We have an obligation to support America’s hard-working egg farmers through education, research and promotion, and I look forward to partnering with them across the country to keep American eggs as a protein of preference around the world.”