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Latest Career Moves in Animal Nutrition – February 2022

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Recent moves (in alphabetical order of company) include:

The BASF Board of Executive Directors has decided on changes to the responsibilities in two Board Ressorts. These will take effect on March 1, 2022, and are structured as follows: Saori Dubourg (Ressort IV) will assume responsibility for the Monomers, Performance Materials, Petrochemicals and Intermediates divisions. She will continue to be responsible for the region Europe. Michael Heinz (Ressort V), based in Florham Park, New Jersey, will assume responsibility for the Agricultural Solutions, Care Chemicals and Nutrition & Health divisions. He will continue to be responsible for the regions North America and South America.


Cargill announced the following leadership changes effective March 1, 2022: Roger Watchorn is joining the company’s executive team as leader of Cargill’s Agriculture Supply Chains (CASC) business, which also includes the company’s Ocean Transportation and World Trading Group. He also will lead the company’s corporate trading strategy. Since joining the company in 1994, Watchorn has held several leadership roles throughout Cargill, including his previous role as CASC North America group leader. Watchorn will continue to be based in Minneapolis. Watchorn succeeds Joe Stone, who will retire after 37 years with the company.
Ross Hamou-Jennings is named the company’s chair of Asia Pacific. Hamou-Jennings has been based in Singapore since 2002, leading the global Trade & Capital Markets (TCM) business from Asia. In this new role, Hamou-Jennings will join the executive team and oversee the company’s customer-led strategy in Asia, as well as its Metals, Risk Management and TCM businesses. Hamou-Jennings will continue to be based in Singapore. Hamou-Jennings succeeds Marcel Smits, who will retire after 9 years with the company.


Ida Steensen has taken over as director of HaGe's feed division and joins HaGe's management. She comes from a position as Senior Manager and Deputy Head of Animal Expertise in DLG. Ida Steensen has a Cand. Scient in Animal Science from the University of Copenhagen. In 2015, she was employed in DLG's department for livestock nutrition, where she optimized feed recipes for the factories, until in 2016 when she became organic coordinator. In 2019, she was appointed Head of Formulation and in 2020 Senior Head of Cattle Feed and Deputy Head of Animal Expertise. In that role, she led a team responsible for developing globally leading and sustainable feed solutions for agriculture, and she has been the driving force in a number of significant projects, such as climate declaration of feed.


Magnus Kagevik takes over as Group President and CEO of Lantmännen. Lantmännen’s current Group President and CEO, Per Olof Nyman, will be retiring during the spring of 2022, after ten years in the role and fourteen years with Lantmännen. The Board of Directors has appointed Magnus Kagevik, current COO and Head of Lantmännen’s Energy Sector, as Per Olof’s successor. Magnus will assume his new position on April 1. Magnus Kagevik entered Lantmännen as Head of the Energy Sector in 2018 and has been part of Lantmännen’s Group Management Team since then. In 2020, Magnus was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO), at the same time assuming overall responsibility for the Agriculture and Energy Sectors.


Natural Biologics announced that Global Business Development Manager, Le Luchterhand, has become a partner in the business. Le joined the company in 2019. Prior to joining Natural Biologics, Le spent 20 years in dairy nutrition and animal health sales.


Dr. Antonia Tacconi joined Perstorp’s Animal Nutrition team as Global Product Manager Gut Health, with effect from 1 February 2022. Reporting to Jeroen Pos, Vice President of Marketing & Technology for Animal Nutrition, Dr. Antonia Tacconi brings technical and commercial expertise to this exciting role. Antonia graduated in 2015 from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences with a PhD in Bioanalytics focusing on the detection of antibiotic residues in animal-derived foods. Since then, her career in the international feed additives industry has given her experience of working with various types of feed additives as well as with a range of livestock species.


Vilofoss Group appointed a new CEO. After 22 years at the helm of the DLG Group's vitamin and mineral business, Jacob Holm has decided to resign as CEO of the Vilofoss Group. On March 1, he leaves the reins to Boudewijn Morelissen. Jacob Holm (62) started his career at DLG as HR manager in 1990. He held that position until 1997, when he was employed at Vilofoss and in 2000 he became CEO of the company. Jacob Holm is also a member of the group management of DLG. Boudewijn Morelissen (51) has been appointed the new CEO of the Vilofoss group from the 1st of March, and he also joins DLG's Group Management as Executive Vice President of Premix and Nutrition. Boudewijn Morelissen is Dutch and has a master's degree in Business Administration from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He is an experienced manager with many years of experience from the vitamin and mineral industry, where among other things, he has been part of the top management of Cargill's European premix business.