The American Egg Board has selected Emily Metz as its new president and CEO. She'll begin her time with AEB in June.

“We have an obligation to support America’s hard-working egg farmers through education, research and promotion, and I look forward to partnering with them across the country to keep American eggs as a protein of preference around the world,” Metz said in a statement.

Metz began her career at the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a speechwriter for the Office of the Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Safety. She most recently worked for the U.K.-based Genus Plc, as the head of global research and development communications and new product marketing. At Genus, she spearheaded communications for ABS Global and the Pig Improvement Company (PIC) and also worked on many projects related to the launching of new animal agriculture technologies. 

Before working for Genus, Metz served as the chief of staff at the National Milk Producers Federation, where she oversaw the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, which included overseeing animal welfare, sustainability and worker welfare issues. 

Metz also previously worked as the vice president of communications and membership at the Animal Agriculture Alliance.

She succeeds Anne Alonzo, who joined Corteva Agriscience as the company's new senior vice president for external affairs and chief sustainability officer last month.

“Our industry has not seen this much change and uncertainty in decades, and our producers need a visionary leader to help the industry adapt to a changing marketplace,” said Steve George, Chairman of the American Egg Board. “We thank Anne for continually advancing our industry during her tenure with us, and we look forward to Emily using her creativity to capitalize on even greater opportunities to drive demand for U.S. eggs and egg products.” 

Metz has degrees in journalism and mass communications as well as international affairs from George Washington University, as well as a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University in Newark, New Jersey.

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