President Joe Biden has nominated Jon Holladay as 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.

Cropped Jon Holladay copy.jpgUSDA Assistant Secretary for Administration Dr. Gregory Parham (right) swears in Jon M. Holladay as Chief Financial Officer at USDA on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Former Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jewel Bronaugh has returned to Virginia State University to be a senior 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 the position in an acting capacity since May, 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. 

Syngenta has named Michael Cottingham as the new senior communications manager for Syngenta North America US Crop Protection. He most recently was the chief marketing officer for United Way in Greensboro. 

Matthew Lyons.jpgMatthew Lyons, Naturipe Farms

Matthew Lyons is now the director of business development, Value-Added Fresh division, for Naturipe Farms. He most recently worked at Produce Alliance as the director of sourcing.

Larry Brown has joined FreshEdge as the new chief strategy officer. He previously spent the last 12 years with Coastal Sunbelt, most recently as the senior vice president of sales. Before that, he spent 16 years with FreshPoint. 

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.

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.

The Public Policy Institute of California has hired Letitia Grenier as the next director of the Water Policy Center, effective Sept. 25. Grenier currently serves as the resilient landscapes program director at the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

letitia-grenier-headshot.jpgLetitia Grenier, PPIC Water Policy Center

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.

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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, most recently as 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. 

Almond Alliance President and CEO Aubrey Bettencourt has been selected as a recipient of the Eisenhower USA Fellowship. Eleven people 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. 

The Coca-Cola Co. has chosen Henrique Braun as its corporate senior vice president. Braun has been with the company since 1996, most recently as 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.

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