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Recent Career Moves in the Food & AG-Industry

Admin | 26.06.2013

Bayer CropScience recently announced changes to their Executive Committee starting with splitting Strategy and Business Management functions into two separate units.  Dr. Mathias Kremer was named head of the Strategy unit and his vacant position as Head of Seeds will be filled by Frank Terhorst.  Gavin Marchant will leave his role as Bayer CropScience Country Head for Japan to lead the Business Management unit. This change puts both Marchant and Dr. Kremer as new members of Bayer CropScience’s

Bayer CropScience recently announced changes to their Executive Committee starting with splitting Strategy and Business Management functions into two separate units.  Dr. Mathias Kremer was named head of the Strategy unit and his vacant position as Head of Seeds will be filled by Frank Terhorst.  Gavin Marchant will leave his role as Bayer CropScience Country Head for Japan to lead the Business Management unit. This change puts both Marchant and Dr. Kremer as new members of Bayer CropScience’s Executive Committee.   Executive Committee member and Head of Product Supply – Achim Noack will assume responsibility as the company’s Labor Director.

Kurt Wickstrom has accepted the role of President / CEO of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative and John Enright was promoted to Wickstrom’s former role as President of Betaseed.

DuPont Pioneer named Randy Wanke to the role of Senior Manager of Industry Relations.

Rob C. Yraceburu is now the Head of Wells Fargo’s National Food and Agribusiness division.  Rob has been with the bank for 25 years and will lead Wells Fargo’s expansion into the Midwest and Eastern US.

Jim Palmer will lead the National Association of Wheat Growers as their new CEO.  He brings experience from prior roles with the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and the United Soybean Board.

Blount International promoted Jerry Johnson to President of their Farm, Ranch and Agriculture division.  He was serving as President of their Woods Equipment Company at the time of the promotion.

The American Feed Industry Association presented its Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Trevor Tomkins.  Dr. Tomkins was the founder of venture | dairy and was the former CEO of Milk Specialties Global.

Advanta US named Tim Jacobsen as their Western Region Sales Manager.  Tim brings experience from SyngentaHorizon Ag ProductsResource Seeds and Crop Care Services to the Advanta organization.

Kubota Tractor announced three new senior leadership appointments as follows:  Greg Embury is their new Senior Vice President of Marketing & Dealer Development.  Todd Stucke becomes their Vice President of the Agriculture & Turf division and Ted Pederson was named as the Vice President for the Construction Equipment and Northern division.

Scott Bentley brings experience from ABS Global and the American Jersey Cattle Association to his new role as General Manager of the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.

AgReliant has named Dr. Benzon Lorenzana as their new Director of Plant Breeding Technology.

Arysta Life Science North America hired Craig Brekkas as their new National Account Manager.  Craig previously worked at Dow AgroSciences.

Shawn Whitman succeeds Jerry Prout as FMC’s new Vice President of Government Affairs.  Jerry Prout is retiring.

Sarah Kolell is now Rabo AgriFinance’s new Public Relations Director.  Sarah previously worked at AdFarm and Hallmark Cards.

Joel Brinkmeyer joined the Agribusiness Association of Iowa as their CEO coming to them from Great Western Bank.  Joel has prior experience with Production Credit AssociationFarm Credit Services of the Midlands and Farm Credit Services of America.

IN MEMORIAM Former CEO of Goya Foods, Inc. – Joseph Unanue passed away at the age of 88.  Mr. Unanue was credited with growing Goya Foods into the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the US.

Wayne Bollum has passed away at the age of 57 after a long career in the publishing business working for Century CommunicationsFarm Progress CompanyPenton Media and Farm Journal Media.

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