AgFeed Industries Identifies Key Managers for Business Units

Jan 29, 2010, 06:55 ET from AgFeed Industries, Inc.

NEW YORK, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- AgFeed Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: FEED), one of the largest independent hog production and animal nutrient companies in China, today announced that, as part of the strategic internal reorganization of its corporate structure previously announced, it has identified key individuals to lead each of its business units as the Company grows and develops.  Mr. Junhong Xiong will be appointed the Chairman and CEO of the animal nutrients feed businesses and will be supported by Mr. Feng Zhou as the Vice Chairman and Mrs. Selina Jin as the Chief Financial officer.  Mr. Gerard Daignault will be appointed the PRESIDENT and CEO of the Hog Business units and will be supported by Mr. Zhengru Xiong as the Vice Chairman and Ed Pazdro as the CFO. Dr. Songyan Li will remain as the Chairman of the Hog Business units.  

Dr. Songyan Li, AgFeed's Chairman, expressed his overwhelming support for the executives identified to lead AgFeed's core businesses, stating, "The individuals who we have identified to guide our separate businesses as we move forward with the implementation of our strategic plan have demonstrated their leadership skills and intimate knowledge of these businesses.  Mr. Xiong, our President, has brought together a team of highly skilled professionals to build upon our original core competence in the animal nutrition business, while Mr. Daignault, our Chief Operating Officer, has a depth of knowledge with respect to western-style hog production that will be fundamental to the growth and expansion of this business.  We are excited about the future of AgFeed and believe that the team we have assembled, both at the corporate level and for each of our business lines, are the keys to our success in this new decade."


NASDAQ Global Market listed AgFeed Industries ( is a U.S. company with its primary operations in China.  AgFeed has two profitable business lines -- premix and blended animal feed and hog production.  AgFeed is one of China's largest commercial hog producers in terms of total annual hog production as well as one of the largest premix feed companies in terms of revenues.  China is the world's largest hog producing country that produces over 600 million hogs per year, compared to approximately 100 million hogs in the U.S.  China also has the world's largest consumer base for pork consumption.  Over 62% of total meat consumed in China is pork.  Hog production in China enjoys income tax free status.  The pre-mix feed market in which AgFeed operates is an approximately $1.6 billion segment of China's $40 billion per year animal feed market, according to the China Feed Industry Association.


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