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Novus International President and CEO to Lead Board of International Food and Agribusiness Management Association

ATLANTA – June 18, 2013 – The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) today announced Novus International President and CEO Thad Simons will be the new president of the organization’s Board of Directors. IFAMA is a leading agribusiness nonprofit that brings together the best minds from all sectors of food production and consumption to improve the industry. IFAMA made the announcement at its 23rd Annual World Forum and Symposium. 

Simons succeeds Mary Shelman, director of the agribusiness program at Harvard Business School. During her term as IFAMA president, Shelman was instrumental in expanding the global footprint of the organization.

“Mary’s work sets an impressive standard for IFAMA’s leadership,” said Simons. “I look forward to the opportunity to build upon her initiatives and further IFAMA’s efforts to ensure the agribusiness industry will meet the world population’s need for affordable, sustainable food sources.”

During his two-year term as IFAMA’s president, Simons specifically seeks to focus the organization’s efforts on global talent development for agriculture.

“From my first encounter with IFAMA, I understood the unique value that the organization creates by providing a connection to talent around the world,” stated Thad Simons. “IFAMA is uniquely positioned to serve agribusiness because we stand at the nexus of education, industry and the future – our student stakeholders.”

Simons brings to IFAMA extensive agribusiness experience and industry know-how. As the president and CEO of Novus International, a global health and animal nutrition leader, since 2001, Simons pursues the company’s vision to feed the world affordable, wholesome food. Simons does this by creating an environment friendly to developing market-specific solutions based on the company’s core technologies. Simons also has been recognized as an industry leader, most recently receiving the 2013 Agribusiness Leader of the Year award from the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).

The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) is a nonprofit organization that unites industry, students, academics, government leaders and other key stakeholders across the value chain of food production and consumption – to improve the global food and agribusiness system in response to the changing needs of the world. Founded in 1990 IFAMA fosters information sharing, knowledge advancement, discussion, debate, networking and career development through members across more than 50 countries. The annual IFAMA World Forum and Symposium is the organization’s cornerstone event, where leading experts address the most current and pressing issues in food and agriculture. Visit www.ifama.org to learn more.

About Novus International, Inc.
Novus International, Inc. is headquartered in metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. and serves customers in nearly 100 countries around the world. A global leader in developing animal health and nutrition solutions, Novus’s products include ALIMET® and MHA® feed supplements, ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid, ACIDOMIX® preservative premixture, ADVENT® coccidiosis control, CIBENZA® feed additive, MINTREX® chelated trace mineral, SANTOQUIN® feed preservative, MERA™MET aquaculture feed additive, AGRADO® feed antioxidant and many other specialty ingredients. Stratum® Nutrition, a division of Novus Nutrition Brands, LLC, focuses on human nutrition through specialty and functional ingredients for manufacturers of foods, beverages and dietary supplements (www.stratumnutrition.com). Novus is privately owned by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. For more information visit www.novusint.com.