AMERICAN SEED TRADE ASSN., Alexandria, Va. -- Jane B. DeMarchi has been named vice president, government affairs. DeMarchi was previously with the National Association of Wheat Growers.
ANIMART INC., Beaver Dam, Wis. -- Carissa Merfeld has joined the inside sales team of the dairy and livestock division. Merfeld will be responsible for building and maintaining client relationships, sharing product knowledge through inbound and outbound phone calls and assisting outside sales representatives by taking orders and organizing deliveries.
ARM & HAMMER ANIMAL NUTRITION, Princeton, N.J. -- Dr. Neil Michael has joined the company as senior business manager. Michael will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the execution of marketing and business management efforts. He was previously with Vita Plus Corp.
ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS, Milwaukee, Wis. -- Charlie O'Brien has been named senior vice president. O'Brien will have expanded leadership responsibilities, including increased member engagement, market information services and global business development. He was most recently vice president.
HARRISVACCINES INC., Ames, Iowa -- Dr. Mark Mogler has been promoted to head of research. Mogler will help direct development of new products, assist in troubleshooting scientific and production issues and lead discovery activities to enhance new and existing products.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, Brookings, S.D. -- Dr. Joe Cassady has been selected as head of the animal science department, effective June 22. Cassady will be responsible for the department's: goals and objectives; faculty, staff and student recruitment and retention; budgets; fund-raising efforts; facilities; representation in official communications, and fostering and building working relationships with other disciplines and stakeholders. He was previously with the Beef Improvement Federation.
VALMONT INDUSTRIES INC., Omaha, Neb. -- Richard P. Heyse has joined the company as executive vice president, effective in late February. Heyse was previously with WESCO International.
ZINPRO CORP., Eden Prairie, Minn. -- Dr. Fei Ji has been named regional research and nutritional services manager for North Asia.
Michael Keith has joined the company as account manager-Gulf states. Keith will have sales responsibilities for eastern Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.
Dr. Christof Rapp has been appointed regional research and nutritional services manager for Europe. Rapp will also provide technical support for the Middle East and North Africa. He was most recently research nutritionist for Europe.
Dr. Mike Socha has been promoted to regional research and nutritional services manager for North America. Socha was most recently dairy research team leader.
Dr. Terry Ward has been appointed global director of the research and nutritional services team. Ward will be responsible for managing all research and technical service activities for the company worldwide.