Alltech welcomes new Career Development Program members

  • The 2015 Career Development Program (CDP) includes 11 new members from across the globe. They join Alltech president and founder Dr. Pearse Lyons, along with team leaders Dr. Aoife Lyons, Suniti Mujumdar, Kyle Raney, Neil Keane, Jan Edward Lim and Meghan Niehaus.

Alltech global headquarters welcomed the new members of the Career Development Program (CDP) on Sept. 21. Eleven recent college graduates from 11 countries were selected for the year-long program. Ten of them completed an intense weeklong orientation at Alltech’s global headquarters in Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA, while the other did so at the Alltech European headquarters in Dunboyne, Ireland, where he will be based.

The group is divided into three specialized areas: beef, dairy and quality. These tracks are tailored for specific growth markets and departments within the company.

During the orientation, CDP members learned about Alltech and met numerous Alltech employees, from recent hires to senior executives. A highlight was meeting Alltech’s president and founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons, who shared advice on starting a career at Alltech, along with Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives at Alltech and a licensed clinical psychologist.

“We were delighted to welcome our 11 new specialized CDP members. Each one of them was chosen based on their educational history, but more importantly their soft skills, such as curiosity, flexibility and enthusiasm,” said Dr. Aoife Lyons. “It is exciting to see these energetic recent grads with fresh perspectives joining the Alltech family.”

“Orientation week was such a humbling and honoring experience,” said Alexandra Dawson, a food science and nutrition graduate from Australia, a new member of CDP quality track. “It was great to meet a wonderful group of people, all from different countries, and then to have so much pertinent and useful advice given to us by senior executives as well as former CDP members.”

After their orientation, CDP members learned about the training they will receive in their respective specializations. Those in the beef track will focus on improving animal health and welfare, while increasing beef farm profitability in the European beef market. The dairy track targets solutions to boost profitability in dairy production in Asia. The quality track encompasses all aspects of product manufacturing, including the Alltech Quality System (AQS), the most comprehensive quality system in the industry.

The new CDP members are:

Alltech Beef Career Development Program:

  • Bahadir Fidan, Turkey
  • Thomas Pacalier, France
  • Matteo Tartara, Italy
  • Eduard Castanyer, Spain

Alltech Dairy Career Development Program:

  • Christina Straathof, Canada
  • Nhung Lai, Vietnam
  • Ghazanfar Naseer, Pakistan

Alltech Quality Career Development Program:

  • Alexandra Dawson, Australia
  • Alayna Boland, United States
  • Marcela Ishii, Brazil
  • Jordyn Aitken, New Zealand

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