November 28, 2022

mac thorton.jpgMace Thornton, Stratovation Group

Mace Thornton joined Stratovation Group as partner and COO to lead integrated client services. He will be based in St. Louis, where he will establish a new Stratovation office. Thornton previously worked at the United Soybean Board, where he was vice president of communications and marketing strategy. Before that, he worked in Washington, DC at the American Farm Bureau Federation, where he served as executive director of communications.

Christopher Galen has been selected to serve as executive director of the American Butter Institute in addition to his responsibilities as senior vice president of member services and strategic initiatives at the National Dairy Federation.

Brenda Burman was tapped to take over as general manager of the Central Arizona Project earlier in the year. Burman served as commissioner of the Bureau of Recovery during the Trump administration.

Whitney Forman-Cook is set to leave his position at the National Association of State Foresters on Nov. 18 for a new role as chief of operations at the Society of American Foresters. He will start his new job on November 28. Besides being an ex Agri-Pulse reporter, Forman-Cook was communications director for NASF and previously held the same role for the National Association of Conservation Districts.

Leah Cochran Mulcahy was elevated to director of global marketing at the U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council. She has been on the board for the past 10 years and previously served as director for Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania. Before coming to the board, Mulcahy worked at the USDA as an international trade specialist in the Foreign Agricultural Service.

Isabel Acevedo became the new manager of community innovation at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on November 1. She worked for the DDPSC for two years, most recently as a corporate and foundation relations specialist.

Turner Bridgforth accepted a new role with Corteva Agriscience as manager of government and industry affairs. He previously worked on Capitol Hill as a senior policy adviser to Rep. Clay HigginsR-La.

Kelly Wicks was hired as the new manager of international market development at the National Pork Board. Since May, Wicks has been working as Pork Checkoff’s international market development intern. She is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University’s Masters in International Agriculture program.

Leslie Sims.pngLeslie Sims, Impossible FoodsGregor Catto now serves as Senior Trade Policy Officer in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office at the British Embassy in Washington. He previously served as an agricultural policy adviser and before that worked on Capitol Hill in the office of Rep. Robert AderholtR-Ala., as legislative aide covering agriculture, telecommunications, transportation, homeland security and FEMA portfolios.

Mondel International has made additions to its senior management team. Frank Cervi, WHO most recently served as the company’s head of supply chain strategy, has been appointed director of supply chain operations. Daniel Ramos was appointed director of research and development. He previously worked for The Estée Lauder Companies, where he focused heavily on promoting sustainable packaging initiatives. Javier Polit has been added to the Mondelēz International Leadership Team. He serves as the company’s chief digital and information officer.

Jodie Anderson has been selected to serve as the new executive director of the South Dakota Beef Industry Council. During her career, Anderson served as executive director of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association for 16 years and also chaired the National Lamb Feeders Association. Anderson replaces him Suzy Geppertwho resigned at the end of September.

Carrie Dodds was promoted to vice president of grower development at Iowa Corn. She was previously director of grower services.

Impossible Foods is committed Leslie Sims as the new Marketing and Creative Director, effective January 1. She previously served as Deloitte Digital’s US creative director.

CD Glin has been tapped to serve as the new president of the PepsiCo Foundation. He was previously the foundation’s vice president and global head of philanthropy. He will remain head of philanthropy.

Terrain, a new source of agriculture industry analytics for US farmers and ranchers, launched this week and brought on board a team of agriculture professionals. American AgCredit, Farm Credit Services of America and Frontier Farm Credit have partnered to establish and offer Terrain to their customers. Terrain team leadership is Don Close, serving as chief research and analysis officer. Other employments include David Weabersenior animal protein analyst; Ben Lainesenior dairy analyst; Matthew Roberts, Ph.D.senior grain and oilseed analyst; Cody Barillagrain and oilseed analyst; Matthew Clark, senior rural economy analyst; and Heather Stettner as engagement director.

CD Glin.jpgCD Glin, PepsiCo Foundation

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has selected new individuals to serve on its Agriculture Advisory Committee. The new appointments are as follows: Tim AndriesenCME Group; Layne CarlsonMinneapolis Grain Exchange; Robert CheslerUnited Dairymen of Arizona; Gerald CorcoranFutures Industry Association; Edward GallagherNational Federation of Milk Producers; tome The HagueNational Corn Growers Association; Scott HerndonField to Market; Jared HookerAmerican Soybean Association; Bryan HumphreysNational Council of Pork Producers; Willis KiddCity; Jeff LloydArcher Daniels Midland; Michelle MapesGreen Plains Inc.; Mark McHargueAmerican Farm Bureau Federation; Edward ProsserScoular Company; Michael RicksCargill; Bella RosenbergISDA; Troy SanderNational Cattle Beef Association; Liam SmithFutures Industry Association, Principal Traders Group; Court StrubharIllinois Grain and Forage Association; Wes Uhlmeyer, Demeter Logistics; and Jason WheelerRice Federation of the USA.

The Department of Agriculture has appointed 25 industry representatives to serve on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. The representatives will serve two-year terms beginning immediately and ending in October 2024. The newly appointed members are: Alyssa MelendezSpices of single origin; Angel Santiago ColonCaribbean Products Exchange; David EinstandigMastronardi Produce-USA Inc.; Isabel FreelandCoast Citrus Distributors; Jorge VazquezLatin specialties; Donna GarrenAmerican Frozen Food Institute; Kay Swartz RentzelUS Sweet Potato Council and American Sweet Potato Marketing Institute; David Van EeckhoutThe Good Acre; Haven Bakerpairs; Jennifer DeAtleySustainable Food Center; Nathan PumplinNorfolk Healthy Produce Inc.; Rebecca SerratosPrescott Farmers Market; Susan SutphinSutphin Tahoe Food Hub; Anthony MirisciottaGrowFood Carolina; Amy BakerPeterson Farms; Bruce FrasierDixondale Farms; Christopher CirulimThe Ciruli brothers; Darwin InmanHorizon Nut Company; James BensonChronos Inc.; Michael BrianoHarris Woolf California Almonds; Morris HodgesMorris Watermelon Farm; Reginald Marshall, Reggies Vegetables; and Andrei Garcia, Altar products. Notable members include: Karla J. StockleyCalifornia Fig Advisory Board and Julie Masser BallaySterman Masser.

The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research has selected David Donnan as the newest member of its board of directors. Donnan is a Northwestern University business leader and adjunct professor who teaches a class on The Future of Sustainable Food and Agriculture for engineering and business students. He is also the president of Silvertip Management, where he advises venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and small businesses on food and agricultural innovation.

Western Growers elected new members to its board of directors at its annual meeting last week. Click here for new board members.

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