Marilia Rangel of Brazil has been selected as the new secretary general of the International Poultry Council. She will start her new role on August 1.
Currently foreign markets coordinator with the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA), Rangel will begin transitioning into her new role on June 1, and will assume the duties as the IPC’s first full-time chief executive at the beginning of August.
Rangel will replace George Watts, who is retiring after serving three years as IPC secretary general on a part-time basis. He will remain with the IPC to assist in the transition. Watts retired in 2011 as president of the National Chicken Council, a position he had held since 1972.
Rangel, of São Paulo, has worked at ABPA for eight years and has been active in IPC affairs as the chief deputy to ABPA Vice President Ricardo Santin, who is vice president of the IPC. During her work with the Brazilian poultry industry at ABPA, she worked in industry and government relations, international trade activities, coordinated sustainability issues, served as industry spokesperson at international events, and took part in trade and market access negotiations.
Rangel holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of São Paulo. She is a native speaker of Portuguese and is fluent in English and Spanish. She will continue to live and work in São Paulo.