USA – Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer based in the US, has appointed Patrick Wood, formerly Vice President of Finance for Kemin Nutrisurance, as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer.
Wood, who assumed the role on April 1 2020, was promoted to leadership position following recent retirement of longtime Kemin leader, Tammi Guldenpfennig who has served in the position for nearly 18 years.
Wood joined Kemin Industries in 2013 and has held various position in the company including working as a senior accountant, accounting manager as well as the controller for Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health – North America.
In 2015 he was appointed as finance director for the business unit and later took on the position of Vice President of Finance for Kemin Nutrisurance, the company’s pet food and rendering technologies business unit.
“Since joining Kemin, Pat has shown his exceptional aptitude for managing financial operations in a variety of business units and across international boundaries,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, President and CEO, Kemin Industries.
“When it came time to fill Tammi’s position upon her retirement, Pat’s ability to drive continuous improvement and experience developing and executing global strategic plans and budgets made him an excellent fit.”
In his time at Kemin, Nelson says that Wood has contributed to Kemin’s continued growth, leading multiple due diligence and acquisition teams domestically and internationally.
Commenting on his appointment, Wood said: “I look forward to contributing to Kemin’s continued success and achieving our next strategic initiatives on our journey to transform.”
Wood succeeds Tammi Guldenpfennig, a longtime Kemin leader who spent 30 years with the company. Serving as CFO since 2002, she helped transition Wood into his new role, which oversees finances for all Kemin’s 16 business units around the world.
“Kemin has been lucky to have the steadfastness and dedication of Tammi Guldenpfennig in the 18 years she served as CFO. After 30 years with the company, we are sad to see her go but very happy for her to enjoy retirement after her dedication to Kemin,” Nelson said.
In his new role, Wood will steer the financial aspects of the company which has operations in 90 countries, including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.