Joel Newman, president and CEO with the feed association, announced his impending retirement from the association on Wednesday [December 19].
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) said it has created a selection committee to run the transition process and started work on finding a successor. The plan is to announce the incoming president and CEO in the fall of 2019.
Newman acted as AFIA president for 15 years and has witnessed a lot change within the industry over that time, the association said.
He helped the organization develop a strategic plan to meet the needs of an evolving sector. He oversaw an expansion of education and networking programs and supported an expanded global focus on both international food safety standards and expanding trade opportunities.
During his tenure with the trade group, there has been more than 50% growth in member engagement, added the AFIA.
Newman served as the president of AFIA’s Institute for Feed Education and Research public charity and served on the International Feed Industry Federation’s Board of Directors and was a member of the US delegation to the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
Before starting with AFIA, he worked with Agway, Maple Leaf Foods, and United Cooperative Farmers.