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Zinpro Corporation Expands Research and Nutritional Services Team To Provide Enhanced Regional Research and Technical Support

Eden Prairie, Minn. (Jan. 8, 2013) — Zinpro Corporation has reorganized and expanded its Research and Nutritional Services team to provide even stronger regional research and technical support for the company’s comprehensive portfolio of performance minerals.

“More than 40 years ago, Zinpro Corporation was established to provide innovative, science-driven nutritional solutions to help improve animal performance,” says William Scrimgeour, president and chief operating officer for the company.

“The recent expansion of our Research and Nutritional Services team will help us sharpen our focus in key regional markets and better meet the diverse needs of our expanding customer base worldwide.”

Terry Ward, Ph.D., has been appointed global director of the company’s Research and Nutritional Services (RNS) team.  In this role, he is responsible for managing all research and technical service activities for the company worldwide. Ward joined Zinpro in 2000 and is based at the company’s global headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn. He earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in animal nutrition from Louisiana State University and his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University. Ward is now supported by four regional RNS managers who are responsible for managing research and technical service activities for all species within their respective regions.  

Mike Socha, Ph.D., has been promoted to regional RNS manager for North America. Socha joined the Zinpro RNS team more than 15 years ago and most recently served as dairy research team leader. He will continue to work from the company’s global headquarters in Minnesota.  Prior to joining Zinpro in 1997, Socha was manager of dairy research and development for a major Midwest-based feed cooperative in the United States. He received his doctoral degree in animal and dairy sciences from the University of New Hampshire and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in dairy science at the University of Wisconsin.  

Christof Rapp, Ph.D., has been appointed regional RNS manager for Europe but will also provide technical support for the Middle East and North Africa. Rapp joined Zinpro more than 12 years ago and most recently served as the company’s research nutritionist for Europe. He will continue to be based at the company’s regional office in Boxmeer, the Netherlands.  Rapp earned his doctoral degree from Hohenheim University, Germany.  

Fei Ji, Ph.D., has been named regional RNS manager for North Asia. Ji joined the RNS team at Zinpro in 2011 and is based at the company’s regional office in Shanghai, China. Ji earned a doctoral degree in swine nutrition from Texas Tech University and completed a post-doctorate at the University of Illinois. He earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Shanxi Agricultural University located in Taigu, China.  

Alba Fireman, Ph.D., who joined Zinpro in 2012, serves as regional RNS manager for South America. Based in Campinas, Brazil, Fireman has more than 17 years of experience working in livestock and poultry nutrition. She earned her doctorate in animal nutrition at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, master’s degree in animal production at Universidade Federal de Peoltas and bachelor’s degree in poultry and swine production at Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco.  

As the leader in trace mineral nutrition, Zinpro is committed to delivering the people, products and educational tools needed to help customers improve the performance and profitability of their operation. For more information, visit www.zinpro.com or call +1 952-983-4000.

Photos shown below (left to right): Dr. Terry Ward, Dr. Mike Socha, Dr. Christof Rapp, Dr. Fei Ji, Dr. Alba Fireman.  

  • Zinpro Corporation Expands Research and Nutritional Services Team To Provide Enhanced Regional Research and Technical Support
  • Zinpro Corporation Expands Research and Nutritional Services Team To Provide Enhanced Regional Research and Technical Support
  • Zinpro Corporation Expands Research and Nutritional Services Team To Provide Enhanced Regional Research and Technical Support
  • Zinpro Corporation Expands Research and Nutritional Services Team To Provide Enhanced Regional Research and Technical Support
  • Zinpro Corporation Expands Research and Nutritional Services Team To Provide Enhanced Regional Research and Technical Support