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Names in the News: November 2017

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

THE ANDERSONS INC., Maumee, Ohio — Joseph E. McNeely will join the company as president of the Rail Group, effective Jan. 8, 2018. McNeely was previously with FreightCar America Inc.

Rasesh "Rash" H. Shah will retire as president of the Rail Group in July 2018.


AB VISTA, Marlborough, U.K. — Joel McAtee has joined the technical services team as feed applications engineer for the Americas. McAtee will provide feed engineering support and advice to customers in the Americas region, including feed mill equipment design, operation and effectiveness.


DIAMOND V, Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Payton Terry has joined the company as regional sales manager — Southwest. Terry will serve dairy and beef producers, nutritionists, veterinarians and feed manufacturers in Texas and New Mexico. He was previously with Elanco Animal Health.


UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO, Reno, Nev. — Dr. Ivory W. Lyles has been named director of the university's Cooperative Extension and associate dean for engagement in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources. Lyles will leverage the full range of expertise within the university and all state higher education institutions to address the needs and challenges of citizens throughout Nevada. He was previously with Alcorn State University.


AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SWINE VETERINARIANS, Perry, Iowa — Dr. Judi Bell will retire as associate editor of the Journal of Swine Health & Production.

Sherrie Webb has joined the association as associate editor of the Journal of Swine Health & Production, effective Jan. 8, 2018. Webb will be responsible for proofreading and editing scientific articles submitted for publication in the bimonthly journal and will utilize her expertise in swine well-being to advise on animal welfare issues and aid in the development of welfare outreach and education opportunities. She was previously with the National Pork Board.


ARYSTA LIFESCIENCE, Cary, N.C. — Hildo Brilleman has been named chief executive officer of the Europe, Middle East & Africa region, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Brilleman was most recently head of Northwest, Central & Eastern Europe.


KINCANNON & REED, London, U.K. — Attila von Hanko has been named managing director. Von Hanko will focus on senior executive recruitments for animal health clients across Europe and Asia. He was previously with Vaxxinova International BV.


AGRINOS, Oslo, Norway — Kevin Helash has been appointed chief executive officer. Helash was previously with Agrium Retail Canada.


KENT NUTRITION GROUP INC., Muscatine, Iowa — Annie Doerr has joined the company as northeast Nebraska territory sales manager for Kent Feeds. Doerr was previously with Elanco Animal Health.

Logan Nolting has been named industrial engineer. Nolting was most recently plant engineer at the Columbus plant.


THE ANDERSONS INC., Maumee, Ohio — Jeffrey C. Blair will join the company as president of the Plant Nutrient Group, effective Dec. 4. Blair will lead the entire Plant Nutrient Group, including its diverse product lines and businesses. He was previously with Intrepid Potash Inc.


CHS INC., Inver Grove Heights, Minn. — Rick Dusek has been named executive vice president for the Country Operations division. Dusek will help create value for owners through the Country Operations retail platform. He was most recently vice president, CHS Agronomy.


BUNGE LTD., White Plains, N.Y. — Todd Bastean has been appointed president — North America, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Pierre Mauger has been appointed president — Europe and Asia, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Raul Padilla has been appointed president — South America and Sugar & Bioenergy, effective Jan. 1, 2018.


NUTRIAD, Dendermonde, Belgium — Dr. Ahmed Elmaazoun has been appointed sales manager Middle East. Elmaazoun will be responsible for key account management and will support distribution partners in the region.


PMI NUTRITIONAL ADDITIVES, Shoreview, Minn. — Dr. Kay Russo has joined the dairy product research and technical sales team. Russo was previously with Boehringer Ingelheim.


ARM & HAMMER, Princeton, N.J. — Dr. Vivek Berwal has joined the sales team as dairy account manager. Berwal will support dairy customers with a full portfolio of nutrition and microbial solutions and will work with dairy producers and influencers across India to grow awareness of the portfolio. He was previously with Neospark Drugs & Chemicals.


NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE, Washington, D.C. — Aline DeLucia has joined the public policy team as associate director, public policy. DeLucia will represent the association on a diverse portfolio of agricultural policy issues. She was previously with Syngenta.


MH EQUIPMENT, St. Louis, Mo. — Isaac Yates has joined the company as regional sales manager. Yates will be responsible for sales team leadership and driving revenue at the locations in St. Louis and Scott City, Mo. He was previously with Fairchild Equipment.


INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSN., Washington, D.C. — Thomas Wojno has been named senior vice president of innovation and member advancement. Wojno will be responsible for identifying and implementing innovative strategies to enhance services, expand membership and develop new opportunities for growth. He was previously with the National Restaurant Assn.


THE F.L. EMMERT CO., Cincinnati, Ohio — Fred Corbett has joined the company as national sales manager, pet food and treats. Corbett will manage key accounts with the goal of creating growth in sales, marketing and product support.


IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, Ames, Iowa — Terry Tuttle has been appointed superintendent of the Northwest Research & Demonstration Farm near Sutherland, Iowa. Tuttle will continue to manage the farm and is the primary contact for research projects and the farm. He was most recently agricultural specialist and interim superintendent of the demonstration farm.


AMERICAN FEED INDUSTRY ASSN., Arlington, Va. — Raamezah Ahmad has joined the association as graphic and web design coordinator. Ahmad will be responsible for developing graphics and other visual materials for the web, social media, print and other uses, including marketing materials as well as visuals for the legislative and regulatory team. She will also serve as lead designer for the printed magazine, AFIA Journal, and will support the Marketing Committee.


DIAMOND V, Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Dr. Evan Chaney has joined the company as director, food safety microbiology. Chaney will help identify, qualify and validate lab capabilities to ensure the quality of microbiological results from company research and customers. He was previously with Roka Bioscience.


SELECT SIRES INC., Plain City, Ohio — Kevin Jorgensen has been named senior Holstein sire analyst.

Mark Kerndt has been appointed Aggressive Reproductive Technologies program manager. Kerndt was most recently Holstein sire analyst.

Rick VerBeek has been named senior Holstein sire analyst.


TYSON FOODS INC., Springdale, Ark. — Stewart F. Glendinning has been appointed chief financial officer, effective Feb. 10, 2018. Glendinning was previously with Molson Coors Brewing Co.

Dennis Leatherby will step down as chief financial officer on Feb. 10, 2018. Leatherby has been with the company for 28 years.


HENDRIX GENETICS, Boxmeer, Netherlands — Raf Beeren has been appointed managing director, business unit turkeys, effective Jan. 1. Raf most recently led the swine business unit.

Ronald de Haan will join the company as chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1.

Dave Libertini has been appointed vice president Americas, effective Jan. 1. Libertini will support and maximize synergies and growth in the region and will continue to be involved in ongoing projects around the world.


DIAMOND V, Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Dr. Karen Lehe has joined the company as director, swine business development. Lehe will lead development and execution of the swine business strategy in North America. She was previously with Merck Animal Health.


IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, Ames, Iowa — Joe Colletti has been named interim dean of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, effective Nov. 20. Colletti will also serve as interim director of the Iowa Agriculture & Home Economics Experiment Station. He was most recently senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and associate director of the experiment station.


JBS USA, Greeley, Colo. — Tim Schellpeper has been named president of the fed beef business unit. Schellpeper will oversee the fed beef processing operations, including facilities in Cactus, Texas; Grand Island, Neb.; Hyrum, Utah, and Greeley. He was previously with Maschhoff Family Foods.


KANSAS GRAIN & FEED ASSN., Topeka, Kan. — Randy Stookey has been promoted to general counsel and senior vice president of government affairs, effective Nov. 15. Stookey will oversee all government relations initiatives and will continue his role as general counsel and administrator of the Kansas Agricultural Remediation Board. He was most recently general counsel for the association and its managing contract associations, the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Assn. and Renew Kansas.


NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE FOUNDATION, Arlington, Va. — Dr. Lisa Benson has joined the foundation as executive director. Benson was previously with the American Farm Bureau Federation.


KENT NUTRITION GROUP, Muscatine, Iowa — Clint McDonald has joined the company as territory sales manager for Kent Feeds. McDonald will be responsible for sales in southeast Nebraska.


SELECT SIRES INC., Plain City, Ohio — Sara Kitchen joins the company as communications specialist, effective Nov. 15. Kitchen will manage the writing and production of the customer newsletter, "Selections," coordinate all press releases and work with the sales and marketing team to promote company programs and services. She was previously with Select Sire Power.


QUALITY TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, Elgin, Ill. — Dr. Sheilena Brookshire has joined the company as technical sales manager. Brookshire will be responsible for supporting sales managers in the area of technical services and maintaining relationships with industry leaders, university professors, doctors of veterinary medicine as well as existing and future customers.


CARGILL ANIMAL NUTRITION, Hopkins, Minn. — Dr. Mac Campbell has joined the company as dairy technical specialist supporting the mid-Atlantic region. Campbell will work with the company's dairy focus consultants and producers in the mid-Atlantic region to apply the latest research and implement strategies to improve production, efficiency and cow well-being.


EW NUTRITION USA, Urbandale, Iowa — Alyssa Cornelison has joined the company as swine technical sales representative. Cornelison will have sales responsibilities managing some corporate swine accounts.


U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL, Washington, D.C. — Tim Tierney has joined the council as director of strategic marketing/ethanol, North Asia. Tierney will be based in Singapore and will capitalize on long-standing relationships in the region and emerging opportunities for biofuels. He was previously with Syngenta and DuPont.

Caleb Wurth will join the council in November as assistant director of the Southeast Asia regional office in Kuala Lumpur. He was previously with Archer Daniels Midland.

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