WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 – Brian Baenig, who recently stepped down as chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, is joining the Biotechnology Industry Organization as executive vice president for BIO’s Food and Agriculture Section.

At USDA, Baenig also served as assistant secretary for congressional relations and as deputy undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs. Before joining the department, he was deputy staff director for the Senate Agriculture Committee and senior policy adviser for Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Baenig will start at BIO on Aug. 31.

Jim Greenwood, BIO’s president and CEO, called Baenig a “seasoned manager, with a deep understanding of how Washington works.”

“He knows how to get big things done both in Congress and in the administration,” Greenwood said in a news release. “His leadership at USDA and work in the Senate will be critical in helping ensure that innovative food and agriculture companies have the policy and regulatory environment needed to better heal, fuel and feed a growing planet.  Brian is well respected by policy leaders across our industry and across Washington, and we look forward to having Brian lead this important sector of our work.”

BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the U.S. and in more than 30 other nations.


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