Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production reports that Dr Xandra Smith will be stepping into the role of director of innovation and product development.
She replaces Dr Tom Rehberger; he retired from the company at the beginning of December.
Dr Scott Druker, general manager, Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production, said Smith’s extensive academic and industry experience make her the perfect choice for the role. She will lead a team of highly skilled researchers working to solve some of the pressing challenges in animal and food production.
Smith has been with Arm & Hammer since May 2017. Throughout her time at the company, she has led research efforts examining the genomics and ecology of microbes to provide new Bacillus strains, utilizing genomic sequencing to understand pathogens important in livestock production systems.
With his retirement, Rehberger concludes a long and notable career pioneering applications of microbial ecology in livestock production, said the company.
During his time with the organization, he fine-tuned Arm & Hammer’s high-throughput molecular microbial ecology platform, Microbial Terroir, for the development of customized probiotics for the livestock industry, added the US firm.