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Oxbow Animal Health Expands Team


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Oxbow Animal Health is growing its senior leadership and sales and marketing teams with new hires. The move aligns with the company’s commitment to grow its brand as well as maintain the company’s standards of excellence, said Deb Buhro, CEO of the Omaha, Neb.-based company.

Beau Denker has taken the role as director of food safety and quality. Denker comes to Oxbow from Clasen Quality Chocolate in Wisconsin, where he served as head of the food quality and safety team.


Niki Riecken has been named as the company’s controller. Riecken has more than 25 years of accounting experience for manufacturing companies in the Omaha and Lincoln areas.

Denker and Riecken have also joined Oxbow’s senior leadership team, which is responsible for defining Oxbow’s strategic planning and growth.

“Their experience, vision and passion will be invaluable to the senior leadership team as we work toward making sound business decisions for the future of Oxbow Animal Health,” Buhro said.

Oxbow has also added three new positions to its sales and marketing team: Tim Ehresman as brand manager; Tracy Kosmacek as international account manager; and Taylor Schmidt as regional account manager.

As brand manager, Ehresman’s responsibilities will include devising long-term vision and strategies for product lines and categories, analyzing market data, developing solutions to address customers’ needs and developing product positioning strategies. Prior to joining Oxbow, Ehresman held roles with ConAgra and Proctor and Gamble.

Kosmacek has more than 10 years of experience in the animal health industry, most of that time in the international sector. Kosmacek, who comes to Oxbow from Neogen, will focus on maximizing product growth in the European market.

As regional account manager, Schmidt will serve as the main contact for retailers, distributor reps and key partners in the southern territory. Schmidt brings industry experience with companies including Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and Hill’s Pet Nutrition to her role at Oxbow.

“Adding these talented individuals to our sales and marketing team aligns with our commitment to grow the Oxbow brand,” Buhro said. “Their knowledge and experience will be invaluable for our future.”

 

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