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Alan Thomson named Aviagen UK general manager

Poultry genetics firm Aviagen UK has announced Alan Thomson as general manager, succeeding Graeme Dear who is retiring.

He has worked with Aviagen for more than 20 years, and most recently held the post of regional commercial and technical manager for customers across Western Europe.

Mr Thomson studied poultry management at the Scottish Agricultural College, and previously worked in farm and breeder operations management with poultry-integrated businesses in the UK and Ireland.

General manager Alan Thomson. Photo: Aviagen
General manager Alan Thomson. Photo: Aviagen

He joined Aviagen in 1997, and has worked in both the chicken and turkey divisions of the business across the globe.

“Alan has gathered an impressively wide-ranging knowledge of our business, as well as the UK, European and global poultry industry as a whole,” said Aviagen’s Patrick Claeys, president of the company’s European operations. “He has an exceptional business and customer focus, which will bring out the best in our organisation and our people.”

Mr Thomson added: “I’m honoured to have the opportunity to lead the Aviagen UK business,” he says. “I hold a strong confidence in the quality of our products, our people and our infrastructure, and stay focused on ensuring that we remain an integral part of the poultry industry – both in the UK and worldwide.

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