Kemin Industries, a Des Moines, Iowa-based global nutritional ingredient company, announced the selection of its leadership team for its newest business unit, Kemin AquaScience, formerly known as AquaKulture.
In April 2018, Kemin officially announced that it would be dedicating a global team to the aquaculture market in 2019 with a newly formed business unit.
The now-launched Kemin AquaScience serves the growing aquaculture industry as it shifts from wild-caught to farmed fish and shrimp, expanding its partnership with feed mill operators, farmers and fish meal producers to help raise the healthiest aqua species with better growth, uniformity and economic returns, the announcement said.
"Kemin AquaScience transfers our knowledge and expertise in animal nutrition and health to the aquaculture industry while maintaining our strong customer experience," Kemin Industries president and chief executive officer Dr. Chris Nelson said. "By having strong leadership around the world in the regions where we operate, we can better provide for the global market. We can offer our superior service and our years of experience in innovative solutions to help improve sustainable fishing and shrimp farming."
Kemin said KP Philip, who has led Kemin AquaScience during its creation, will continue to serve as president.
Leo Xie-Lei recently joined Kemin as chief commercial officer for the business unit and regional director of its China market, based in Shanghai, China.
Three other regional directors will be located in aquaculture markets across the globe to best serve customers, including Chinnadurai Sugumar for the South Asia market, Nicola Tallarico for the Europe, Middle East and North Africa market and Ning Widjaja for the Asia Pacific market.
Dr. M. Rajalekshmi, research and development director, will handle global research and development for Kemin AquaScience, Kemin said.