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Names in the News: February 2020

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

To submit an announcement for Names in the News, please email it to Kristin Bakker at kristin.bakker@farmprogress.com.

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ADISSEO, Antony, France — Guy Harari has been promoted to senior global director. Harari will be responsible for development of medium- and long-term strategies for key countries, merger and acquisition projects in the Americas and scouting new technologies and startups in the Americas in the animal nutrition space. He was most recently general manager of the North and Central America region.

Jeremy Painter has been named North American regional director. Painter will lead the North America region, consisting of the U.S. and Canada.

Roger Solitao has been named Latin America director. Solitao will lead the Latin America region, consisting of Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

 

AGRI-BUSINESS CONSULTANTS LLC, Madison, Wis. — Tim Hardyman has been named a consultant. Hardyman will provide business and consulting services for dairy producers in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, such as developing business plans for enterprise consulting, business monitoring, financial benchmarking and financial training for staff.

 

ARM & HAMMER ANIMAL & FOOD PRODUCTION, Princeton, N.J. — Kevin Arand has joined the company as ruminant account manager. Arand will work with nutritionists, producers, veterinarians and other key influencers in eastern and southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and northeast Iowa. He was previously with Biozyme Inc.

Kemp Caudill has joined the company as ruminant account manager. Caudill will provide services to dairy and beef customers in nine southeastern states. He was previously with Lallemand Animal Nutrition.

Patty Sinclair has joined the company as ruminant account manager. Sinclair will serve customers in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. She was previously with United Farmers Cooperative.

Mark Stehno has joined the company as senior region manager. Stehno will manage a team in the South-Central U.S., including Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. He was previously with Purina Animal Nutrition.

Jeff Turner has joined the company as ruminant account manager. Turner will serve dairy and beef customers in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. He was previously with Amlan International.

 

ART'S WAY MANUFACTURING CO. INC., Armstrong, Iowa — Michael Woods has been promoted to chief financial officer. Woods was most recently vice president of finance.

 

BROCK GRAIN SYSTEMS, Milford, Ind. — Tiffany Pipho has been promoted to human resources administrator. Pipho will help coordinate human resources practices, policies and programs that align with corporate initiatives while promoting a compliant, equitable environment. She will also act as a first point of contact for employee questions and concerns, help recruit and onboard employees, maintain performance management programs and coordinate wellness and safety activities, among other duties. She most recently held various positions for CTB Inc. within the accounts payable and receivable, customer service and human resources departments.

 

BUHLER, Uzwil, Switzerland — Irene Mark-Eisenring has been appointed chief human resources officer, effective Sept. 1, 2020. Mark-Eisenring is currently head of corporate personnel development.

 

CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF LLC, Wooster, Ohio — Bruce Cobb has been named executive vice president of production, effective March 1. Cobb will oversee the brand's supply development, producer communications and packing divisions while serving as the voice of the producer to the greater company. He was previously with Consolidated Beef Producers.

 

CHORE-TIME, Milford, Ind. — Drexel Sales has been named operations manager. Sales will be responsible for overseeing the production facilities in Milford, Ind., and Decatur, Ala.

 

CMS SOLUTIONS & LOGISTICS, Gainesville, Ga. — Jim Bowling has joined the sales division. Bowling will work in sales support, assisting the sales and manufacturing divisions. He was previously with Diversified Machine Products.

 

EW NUTRITION USA, Des Moines, Iowa — Scott Moore has been named chief executive officer. Moore was previously with Hamlet Protein Inc.

 

THE FOOD INSTITUTE, Upper Saddle River, N.J. — Richard Bei has been appointed chief operating officer and head of data science. Bei will lead the efforts of the new Data Science Group.

 

FOREMOST FARMS, Baraboo, Wis. — Robert "Bob" Bascom has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. Bascom was most recently vice president finance.

Declan Roche has been named senior vice president and chief commercial officer. Roche was most recently vice president dairy ingredients.

 

INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSN., Washington, D.C. — Andrew Jerome has been named director, external and member communications. Jerome will manage communications, marketing and reputation management activities for members and the broader dairy and food industries. He was previously with Michael Torrey Associates.

 

KEMIN INDUSTRIES, Des Moines, Iowa — Leo Xie-Lei has been appointed president of the Kemin AquaScience global business unit. Xie-Lei was most recently chief commercial officer and regional director for China for Kemin AquaScience and will be based in Shanghai, China.

 

LANDUS COOPERATIVE, Ames, Iowa — Matt Carstens has been named chief executive officer, effective March 9. Carstens was previously with Land O'Lakes.

Chris Robertson has joined the company as vice president of animal nutrition. Robertson will be responsible for the local feed business, which serves swine integrators and independent livestock producers throughout western Iowa with bulk and bagged feed. He was previously with Flint Hills Resources.

 

NOVUS INTERNATIONAL, St. Charles, Mo. — Dr. Alex Hintz has joined the company as North America technical service manager. Hintz will focus on providing technical services to swine customers, focusing primarily on live production challenges and animal health. He was previously with Pharmgate Animal Health.

Victor Lopes has joined the company as North America senior sales specialist for the Ruminant team. Lopes will be responsible for sales of the ruminant product portfolio and C.O.W.S. services in the California and Arizona territories. He was previously with Esmilco.

Eric Sanny has joined the company as North America senior sales manager for the central Midwest region. Sanny will be responsible for sales of the swine product portfolio and account management in the central Midwest territories. He was previously with Archer Daniels Midland.

 

PAINE SCHWARTZ PARTNERS, San Mateo, Cal. — Angelos Dassios has been appointed chief investment officer. Dassios will be responsible for stewardship of the investment team.

Justin Kern has been promoted to director on the investment team. Kern will be responsible for leading deal team activities. He was most recently a principal on the investment team.

John Novak has been appointed head of investment development and capital markets. Novak will focus on identifying new investment opportunities as well as strengthening the firm's relationships with industry stakeholders and optimizing capital markets and financing activities. He was most recently a managing director on the investment team.

 

PIGTEK, Milford, Ind. — Greg Bodak has been named vice president and general manager. Bodak will oversee all aspects of the CTB business unit and will be responsible for worldwide growth.

 

STONEHAVEN CONSULTING, Andermatt, Switzerland — Matt Dobbs has been appointed practice leader. Dobbs will head the development of digital animal health care products and services. He was previously with Westpoint Farm Vets.

Peter McCarthy has been appointed practice leader commercial and strategy. McCarthy was previously with the Henry Schein Global Animal Health Group.

 

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, Lubbock, Texas — Britt Conklin has joined the university as associate dean for clinical programs with the School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo, Texas. Conklin will foster relationships with veterinary practices across Texas and will help enable clinical education and research opportunities for veterinary students. He was previously with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.

 

TOPIGS NORSVIN, Helvoirt, Netherlands — Villaume Kal has been appointed chief executive officer, effective March 16. Kal was previously with NIZO.

 

VERISEM GROUP B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands — Ibrahim El Menschawi has been appointed chief executive officer, effective Feb. 1, 2020. El Menschawi was previously with Bayer Crop Science.

 

ZINPRO CORP., Eden Prairie, Minn. — Matt Douglas has been promoted to regional business enterprise leader — North America. Douglas will be responsible for leading the U.S. and Canada sales and the North American regional marketing teams to drive success and sales growth across North America. He was most recently central district sales manager for North America.

Takeyuki Harada has joined the company as marketing and sales support specialist in Japan. Harada will provide customers in Japan with technical support for animal nutrition products and business solutions offerings for improved animal wellness and performance.

Eric Pi has been promoted to regional business enterprise manager—China. Pi will be responsible for leading and managing territory sales managers to increase the company's market share in China and provide business and nutritional solutions to customers. He was most recently North China sales director.

Dr. Flore Suter has joined the company as senior regional marketing associate — Europe and South Africa. Suter will implement marketing strategies and communication plans that support sales across multiple markets in Europe and South Africa. She also will help develop business and animal nutrition communications aligned to meet customer needs and boost market share in the region.

Shuntaro Tsumaki has joined the company as sales manager in Japan. Tsumaki will provide customers in Japan with technical support for animal nutrition products and business solutions offerings for improved animal wellness and performance.

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