Thierry Murad, global product manager-poultry at AJC International, a major food exporter headquartered in Atlanta, has been elected chairman of the board of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) for 2011-12.
Murad succeeds outgoing chairman Joel Coleman, vice president and general manager of international sales at Butterball LLC in Mt. Olive, N.C. His election came during USAPEEC’s 22nd annual meeting.
As chairman, Murad will head the eight-member USAPEEC Executive Committee, which sets policy and gives direction to USAPEEC, an organisation whose mission is to promote and increase exports of US chicken, turkey, duck and egg products worldwide.
USAPEEC members also elected Duane Rhodes of Springdale, Ark., senior vice president of international sales of Tyson Foods, as first vice chairman of the board, and Chaz Wilson vice president of Grove Services, an international trading company with offices in Atlanta, as second vice chairman.
Jim Hoben, vice president-poultry at Interra International, an Atlanta trading company, was elected to continue serving as secretary-treasurer of the organisation. Hoben is a former two-time chairman of USAPEEC.
Mike Little, international sales manager Mountaire Farms in Selbyville, Del., was re-elected chairman of USAPEEC’s Marketing Committee, and Neil Carey of Simmons Foods in Siloam Springs, Ark., will continue to serve as vice chairman. The chairman of this committee also serves on the board and has a seat on the executive committee.
Rounding out the Executive Committee as at-large members are Charles von der Heyde of Pilgrim’s Pride in Greeley, Colo., and Herbie Hoover of Sanderson Farms in Laurel, Miss. Coleman will remain on the executive as past-chairman.