AVIAGEN has announced the appointment of Alan Thomson as global vice president (VP) of Aviagen’s technical operations.

He succeeds Bryan Fancher, who will retire in September this year.

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Mr Thomson, most recently Aviagen’s Global Head of technical transfer, assumed his new role on 1 March.

In his new position, Mr Thomson will become a member of Aviagen’s executive management board and reports to the chief technical officer of Aviagen Group, Alfons Koerhuis.

Mr Thomson’s career in the poultry industry spans more than 35 years, 26 of which with Aviagen. He has served as global head of technical transfer, general manager for Aviagen UK, and regional commercial and technical manager, supporting customers across Western Europe.

He has also held senior production and quality assurance roles with chicken and turkey operations in the UK and the US, including managing Aviagen’s pedigree operations in the UK and leading the UK sales and customer support team.


“I’m honoured to have the opportunity to lead Aviagen’s Global Technical Operations,” he said.

“I have the utmost confidence in the quality of our products, our people, and our infrastructure, and remain focused on ensuring that we continue to provide quality-driven advice and support to our global customer base.

“I believe this to be fundamental, and I’m determined to ensure we deliver consistent, innovative, practically-applicable value in what we do.

“The strength of our team lies in the contribution of our talented people and our commitment to work together for the benefit of our customers and our global industry colleagues.”