COBB-VANTRESS has named animal health executive Joyce J Lee as president.

Ms Lee joins the genetics giant from Elanco, where she was executive vice president and president of the $1.5 billion US Pet Health and Commercial Operations portfolio.

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She joined Elanco through the firm’s acquisition of Bayer Animal Health in 2020 and spent time at Zoetis, formerly known as Pfizer Animal Health.

Stan Reid, who has served as interim president of Cobb since 2020, will continue to help the business, a spokesperson said.

“I entered the poultry industry exactly 15 years ago and am excited about returning to an industry full of passionate people with a common mission,” said Ms Lee.

‘Feeding the world’

“As the foundation of the poultry supply chain, Cobb plays a critical role in helping feed the world with healthy, sustainable and affordable chicken.

“I’m honoured to be a part of the industry that makes a significant difference in our society.”

Ms Lee will report to Tyson Foods group president of poultry David Bray.

He said: “We’re incredibly pleased to welcome Joyce to the Cobb team. “

“She’s an experienced leader who cares deeply about the health of the animals and delivering for our customers.

“Based on her proven track record of innovation, we’re confident she will drive Cobb and the entire industry forward.”