American ags supply chain company Pipeline Foods brings in Anthony Sepich to be CEO. Anthony is a former ADM manager in European corn milling products and most recently has been Senior VP of Compass Minerals’ salt business. He succeeds interim CEO Robert Hodgen, who returns to being MD of investor partner Amerra Capital Management serving on the management board for Pipeline Holdings. Pipeline Foods was launched by the two companies in Minneapolis in 2017. It is the first US-based outfit focused exclusively on the supply chain for foods that are organic, non-GMO and grown by so-called regenerative crop production practices designed to help maintain soil quality.
Veysel Celebi has garnered experience of several product sectors, including petroleum, chemicals, natural gas and palm oil, and most recently served as Cargill Belgium’s global key accounts manager for starches, sweeteners and texturisers. His 12 years in Benelux positions with Cargill has been ended by a move to ADM’s commercial office in Amsterdam to become Regional Sales Director for specialty food and feed ingredients.
Former Cofco Netherlands grain trader Leonard Brandhorst is now at Dutch animal feed company Royal De Heus as Global Purchaser. Leonard has also previously been part of the grain trading team at Nidera in Rotterdam.
Jingtao (Johnny) Chi has stepped down as Cofco chairman to be succeeded by Richeng Luan. Johnny was made CEO and Vice Chairman in 2017 and was appointed Chairman in 2018. He moves to become President of China Grain Reserves Group (Sinograin). Richeng Luan was appointed VP responsible for the group’s grains and oilseeds, sugar and cotton businesses in 2016. He’s additionally chaired several subsidiaries including Cofco Trading and China Agri.