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Alphia, a custom pet food manufacturer, has named Barbara Hicks as chief human resource officer. In this role, Hicks will be charged with leading the human resources organization focusing on talent management, leadership development and total rewards. She will play a large role in defining the culture that will support the company’s large-scale growth as the industry leader within the super-premium pet food industry, officials said in a statement.

“This new leadership role is essential as we continue to grow an organization focused on employee engagement and talent acquisition,” said Dave McLain, CEO of Alphia, which has corporate offices in Overland Park, Kan., and Bern, Kan. “Barbara will be a great addition to the executive leadership team. She brings a unique point of view that will accelerate the great talent work we have been doing to solidify Alphia as an employer of choice.”

Hicks comes to Alphia with a “wealth of experience” in human resources, organizational effectiveness, talent development, employee engagement and culture. Hicks most recently served as the chief human resources officer for APC Automotive Technologies LLC where she led the overall human resources and talent strategy for the company. Prior to that, she held various positions leading human resource organizations for Kaman Fluid Power and Kaman Automation, Sierra Cedar, Arcadis and Gates Corp.

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