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Key management changes at the Wenger Group
By Jane Byrne
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US feed business, the Wenger Group, has made some key management structure changes.
“We believe these changes will benefit our customers by improving our speed and quality of execution and are key to accelerating our growth. The Board of Directors have been evaluating what succession planning actions should be taken to prepare for the eventual retirement of its president and chief executive officer, Phil Rohrbaugh.
“Based on that review and assessment, a plan has been developed, which we believe will serve the company and our customers well in planning for this future transition yet allow us to continue our focus around our current strategic plan, as Phil has been leading many transformative changes.”
The Wenger Group, Inc. is a US based family-owned agricultural products and services organization, which includes Wenger Feeds, LLC, Nutrify, LLC, Dutchland Farms, LLC, Risser Grain, LLC, and Hoober Feeds. With over 450 team members and 10 feed milling locations in two states, the company is a regional provider of poultry, swine, and dairy feeds, performance ingredient solutions, conventional and specialty eggs, grain, fertilizer, and allied services in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Phil Rohrbaugh [pictured] will continue to lead the organization as CEO for the next several years, but the company said his focus will shift more toward ensuring the long-term sustainability of the company and less on day-to-day operations. Accordingly, his focus will be around the execution of our strategy, driving and developing revenue opportunities and growth, acquisitions and business development, and continuing to strengthen our corporate governance.
With that shift in focus, effective from October 1, 2021, Wenger said Tim Appleby will take on the new position of senior VP and chief business officer, reporting to the CEO. "In this position, all of our shared service functions that support our operations as well as transportation will report to Tim."
Secondly, Brad Wagner is being promoted into the position of senior VP and chief operating officer, reporting to the CEO. In this position, he will provide oversight to all mill operations, manufacturing support services, supply chain and customer service and logistic areas.
Thirdly, Dave Glock will become senior VP and chief procurement officer. He will continue to lead and manage the procurement area and partner with Wagner closely around operations, and will also work directly with and report to the CEO around the execution of the company’s expansionary strategies, announced the company.
Finally, as a result of the company’s strong focus on animal nutrition research and innovation as well as quality, Dr Raj Kasula, senior VP and chief nutrition officer, will continue to report to the CEO.