Cropped Jon Holladay copy.jpgUSDA Assistant Secretary for Administration Dr. Gregory Parham (right) swears in Jon Holladay as chief financial officer at USDA on Nov. 21, 2014. 

President Joe Biden has nominated Jon Holladay to be the chief financial officer at the Department of Agriculture. Holladay has worked for Deloitte Consulting since 2017 as a specialist leader providing financial management expertise to clients. Before joining Deloitte, Holladay served as the chief financial officer for USDA during the Obama administration.

Former Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jewel Bronaugh has returned to Virginia State University to be a senior adviser to the dean for land-grant initiatives at the College of Agriculture. Bronaugh began her ag journey as a 4-H extension specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension at VSU. She later became the dean of the College of Agriculture for five years, overseeing extension, the Agricultural Research Station, and three academic departments within the college. Bronaugh served as USDA's second in command for two years during the Biden administration before stepping down earlier this year.

Roxanne Mullaney has been selected as the deputy administrator of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Animal Care division. She’s been in this position in an acting capacity since May 2023, when the previous deputy administrator, Betty Goldentyer, retired. Mullaney joined APHIS in the early 1990s through the public veterinary practice career program as a field veterinarian. Before taking over as acting deputy administrator, she served as Animal Care’s associate deputy administrator. 

Si Dong.jpegSi Dong, American Bakers Association

The American Bakers Association has promoted two of its staff and added another. Pippa O’Shea has been elevated to senior manager of education and workforce programs and Christina Donnelly has been promoted to senior director of industry relations and strategic initiatives. Si Dong has been brought on as the new controller, managing ABA's accounting operations. She previously was a senior consulting associate at RSM US.

Jackie Barber has returned to the Senate Rules Committee as the Republican staff director for Ranking Member Deb Fischer, R-Neb. Barber previously worked on the Senate Ag Committee as the chief counsel under Ranking Member John Boozman, R-Ark.

Rachel Gorsky Bombach now works at Kasowitz Benson Torres as a policy adviser. She most recently worked for Sen. Dianne Feinstein,D-Calif., as legislative director. Before that, she worked at the White House under the Obama administration as the director of the National Security Council.

Luke Hale joined the Livestock Marketing Association as director of government and industry affairs. He previously worked at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in the energy and environmental regulatory practice.

Greg Hughes has been tapped as the next CEO of Beam Suntory, which produces Jim Beam and other spirits. Hughes has been with the company since 2015 and most recently was the chief growth and brands officer. He will take over the helm from Albert Baladi on Oct. 1. Baladi will serve as an adviser to the CEO for the rest of 2023 and then will transition to senior adviser in 2024. 

Patrick Murray has been hired by Nutrien as the state government and industry affairs manager based in Minneapolis. He previously worked for the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association as executive director and before that was with the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council.

Aubrey_Bettencourt_Almond_Alliance_300.jpgAubrey Bettencourt, Almond Alliance President and CEO

Almond Alliance President and CEO Aubrey Bettencourt has been selected as a recipient of the Eisenhower USA Fellowship. Eleven recipients were selected as fellows for the program this year. Through this opportunity, fellows will pursue individual projects to enhance their knowledge. They will then travel to one or two countries to foster global relationships and further their professional development. 

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The Coca-Cola Co. has chosen Henrique Braun as its corporate senior vice president. Braun has been with the company since 1996 and most recently was the company’s president of international development. Coca-Cola has also selected Thomas Gayner to sit as a director on the company’s board of directors.

Ahold Delhaize USA has named John Ruane as the next president of The Giant Co. He has been serving as president in an interim role.

Brandon Reinbold has been moved over to lead research and technology initiatives for Novus International’s global swine team. Reinbold joined NOVUS earlier this year as senior manager of global swine technology lead. 

The National Corn Growers Association has elected four farmers to serve on the organization’s board. The new members are Troy Schneider of Colorado, Kelly Nieuwenhuis of Iowa and Bill Leigh of Illinois. Current board member Jed Bower of Ohio was reelected to the board. They will serve three-year terms that begin Oct. 1.

Brady Janzen has been selected to serve an interim term on the Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative board of directors. He fills the seat vacated by Mitch Davis, who sold his Minnesota dairies and has transitioned to an advisory role on the Edge board. Janzen is a partner at Riverview, a diversified ag business that Janzen has worked with for the last 10 years. 

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