The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) has announced Novus International President and CEO Thad Simons will be the new president of the organization's board of directors. IFAMA is an agribusiness nonprofit that brings together experts from all sectors of food production and consumption to improve the industry.

Simons succeeds Mary Shelman, director of the agribusiness program at Harvard Business School. During her term as IFAMA president, Shelman was instrumental in expanding the global footprint of the organization. During his two-year term as IFAMA's president, Simons said he specifically seeks to focus the organization's efforts on global talent development for agriculture.


"From my first encounter with IFAMA, I understood the unique value that the organization creates by providing a connection to talent around the world," said Simons. "IFAMA is uniquely positioned to serve agribusiness because we stand at the nexus of education, industry and the future - our student stakeholders."

Simons brings to IFAMA extensive agribusiness experience and industry know-how. As the president and CEO of Novus International, Simons pursues the company's vision to feed the world affordable, wholesome food. Simons does this by creating an environment friendly to developing market-specific solutions based on the company's core technologies. Simons also has been recognized as an industry leader, most recently receiving the 2013 Agribusiness Leader of the Year award from the National Agri-Marketing Association.