WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2016 -- Anne Alonzo, who recently stepped down as administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, has been selected as the new president and CEO of the American Egg Board, Agri-Pulse has learned.

Alonzo, who had held the top job at AMS since May 2013, will replace Joanne Ivy, who retired at the end of 2015 after 40 years of service to the egg industry. Prior to joining USDA, Alonzo served as vice president of global public policy at Kraft Foods for six years.  

Serena Schaffner, AEB's director of marketing communications, did not respond directly to inquiries about Alonzo. "We'd be happy to provide you with a formal announcement of new AEB leadership in early March following our upcoming board meeting," she said. According to the egg industry publication, EGG-CITE.com, Alonzo will be presenting AEB’s “Vision for the Future” at the 8th Annual Egg Industry Issues Forum in Chicago in April. 

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Headquartered in Park Ridge, Illinois, the AEB oversees research, education and promotion efforts -- think of the “Incredible, Edible Egg” -- funded by a national legislative checkoff on egg production from companies with more than 75,000 hens in the continental U.S. The Board itself consists of 18 members and 18 alternates from all regions of the country who are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.T
( This story was updated at 8:45 p.m. to include AEB statement.)


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