Gregg Doud has been tapped as the next president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. He will succeed Jim Mulhern, who is retiring at the end of the year. Doud will join NMPF in September and comes to the organization from Aimpoint Research, where he was the vice president of global situational awareness and chief economist. He also served as the chief ag negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative during the Trump administration. 

Steve Mangapit.jpgSteve Mangapit, Pinnacle Claims Management

Steve Mangapit has been selected as the new president of Pinnacle Claims Management, succeeding David Zanze, who retired after 38 years of service. Mangapit is the current COO of the Western Growers Family of Companies.

Roberta Wagner has been named senior vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association. She replaces Joseph Scimeca, who announced his retirement from IDFA earlier this year. Wagner comes to IDFA after more than 33 years at USDA. She most recently was the assistant administrator of the Office of Policy and Program Development at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. She also served as the deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Field Operations at FSIS.

Beth Mitcham has announced she will be retiring as the director of the University of California, Davis’, Postharvest Technology Center, effective at the end of June. UC Davis professors Irwin Donis-Gonzalez and Barbara Blanco-Ulate have been tapped as the center's new co-directors. Donis-Gonzalez has experience in postharvest engineering and Blanco-Ulate is an expert in fruit quality and host-to-pathogen interactions.

Kelby Sullivan is the new director of sales at Braga Fresh. She most recently was the director of national sales at Bonduelle Fresh Americas. Sullivan has also worked for Amazon and Costco.

The Wonderful Company has hired Benal Serin as the new senior vice president of marketing. Serin comes to the foond industry from the cosmetic industry. She previously was the chief marketing officer at Profectus Beauty in New York and before that, worked for Revlon.

The National Pork Board has tapped David Newman as the new senior vice president for market growth. Newman served as the board’s president from 2002 to 2021 and has had an active role with the organization. He most recently served as a meat science professor at Arkansas State University. He is also owner and president of both Newman Farm Heritage Berkshire Pork and Quality Meat Solutions, a firm that conducts research on meat metrics and quality.

The National Pork Board elected four new officers for the 2023-2024 term beginning July 1. Elected as the new president is Pennsylvania pork producer Bob Ruth, who is the senior vice president for Clemens Food Group. Al Wulfekuhle of Iowa was reappointed to the board and elected to serve as vice president. Chad Groves of Kansas was elected as treasurer, and Heather Hill of Indiana has moved to serve as past president in an ex-officio status.  

Florida native Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation’s Senior Director of Government Affairs, will be headed back to the Florida Farm Bureau Federation to run their state and federal legislative affairs. “After nearly 12 years, the Walmsleys will be trading the swamp along the Potomac for their home swamp,” he noted on Facebook. 

Ashley McDonald has joined the National Grazing Lands Coalition as executive director. She previously worked at the National Pork Board as the assistant vice president sustainability development and outreach. 

Nuria_Miquel.jpgNuria Miquel, ADM

Nuria Miquel has been selected as the next senior vice president and chief science officer of ADM, effective Aug. 1. Miquel will replace Todd Werpy, who has announced his retirement after leading ADM’s R&D and innovation efforts for 16 years. Miquel has been with ADM for the last three years, most recently as the vice president of human and animal nutrition.

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Bridget Collins has joined The Nature Conservancy as the new senior policy adviser for agriculture, leading TNC's national-level coordination with USDA. Collins previously worked at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as the working lands program director.

Gwendolyn Wyard has left the Organic Trade Association to start Strengthening Organic Systems, a consultancy business that helps implement the Strengthening Organic Enforcement rule for organic businesses. Wyard previously served as the vice president of regulatory and technical affairs at OTA. 

Ankit Laddha has moved to the national sales and operations head for UPL. He previously was the national biosolutions lead. 

The Food & Environment Reporting Network named Theodore Ross as editor-in-chief, succeeding Samuel Fromartz, who co-founded the organization 10 years ago. Ross most recently served as the supervising producer on the HBO show, Game Theory with Bomani Jones.

Malin Westfall is the new head of commercial businesses for ADAMA US. Before joining ADAMA US, Westfall worked for BASF and Bayer Crop Science. 

Jenny Martin has started a new job with the Essential Minerals Association as the associate vice president of communications and external affairs. She previously worked at The Sugar Association as the senior director of communications. 

Jake Wolter has joined Corteva Agriscience as a marketing communications specialist. Wolter previously worked at Zurn Elkay Water Solutions as a senior project manager and before that was with Filament and Bader Rutter.

Krister Holladay is now the vice president of government relations for CMA CGM. He was previously the director of legislative affiars for APL and was the chief of staff for Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas.

Chris Thrasher is the new director of innovation and product management at Meristem Crop Performance. He previously was the director of North America for Agrauxine.

Lindsey Worden has moved up to chief operating officer for the Holstein Association USA. She previously was the executive director of Holstein genetic services.

John Patchoski has been tapped as the chairman of the board of the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council. Patchoski serves as the director of international sales at Koch Foods and previously served as the first chairman on the board last year. 

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