Organically Grown has named Brenna Davis as its new CEO, effective Feb. 28. Davis most recently served as vice president of social and environmental responsibility and communications at PCC Community Markets, based in Seattle. She succeeds Elizabeth Nardi, who stepped down to take a career sabbatical.
Mission Produce has appointed Daniel Klittich to the newly created role of director of agronomy. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Ph.D. in entomology and nematology and previously worked as an agronomist at a fertilizer company.
University of California, Davis, professors Kate Scow and Daniel Sperling have been elected to serve as members of the National Academy of Engineering. Scow is a distinguished professor emeritus of soil microbial ecology in the state Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. Her research investigates relationships between indigenous soil microbial communities and critical ecosystem processes. Sperling is a distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering, and environmental science. He is founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies and of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and Economy at UC Davis.
Lisa Corrigan has become the director of marketing for Prima Wawona. Bringing over 20 years of experience in the fresh produce industry, Corrigan previously worked at Bonduelle Fresh Americas as the director of business development.
Former general manager of Wild About Sprouts Dan Sholl has died. He was 44. Sholl began his career in the fresh produce industry with Green Giant Fresh based in Minnesota. He then moved to the bay area and started working for California Sprouts, where he became general manager of Wild About Sprouts in 2016. Sholl died unexpectedly of natural causes on Jan. 16. A memorial service and reception will be held on Feb. 26, at the chapel at East Lawn Memorial Park, 4300 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, Calif.
Margaret Zeigler has been named as the United States representative for the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). She brings 25 years of experience in public policy and institutional leadership to advance sustainable, productive agriculture. Zeigler joins IICA after serving as interim president of the SoAR Foundation. She was also the former executive director of Global Harvest Initiative and was deputy director of the Congressional Hunger Center, based in D.C.
The National Restaurant Association named Michelle Korsmo as its President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and CEO of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, effective May 1. Since 2018, she served as President & CEO of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, prior to which she served as CEO of the American Land Title Association. In addition, Korsmo was Executive Vice President at Americans for Prosperity Foundation and served in the 2001-2004 Bush Administration as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.
The National Grocers Association has made several staff promotions and updated titles. Robert Yeakel has been promoted to senior director of government relations and Maggie White is now the senior director of the NGA Foundation after previously serving as director. Mary Whitehead is now senior manager of marketing. LaKesha Gathers-Flowers will now serve as senior manager, executive office and board liaison. Jonathan Downey’s title has been updated to senior vice president of membership and industry relations.
AmerisourceBergen has named Steve Shell as the new president of its Animal Health business. Before joining AmerisourceBergen in May 2020, Steve served as executive vice president, insurance operations and partnerships at Fetch. Before joining Fetch, Shell served as the vice president and general manager at Merck.
After a 40-year career, Fred Clark has retired from the Republican staff on the Senate Ag Committee. The California native began working in the House of Representatives for Congressman Richard Lehman, D-Calif. In his career, Clark has worked for the House Ag Committee, The PMA Group, and Cornerstone Government Affairs. To learn more about Clark, check out his Agri-Pulse Meet the Farm Hand interview.
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