Jan K. Henriksen has been chosen to become the next CEO of the Aviagen Broiler Breeding Group. Henriksen's appointment will be effective January 1, 2014.

As the new CEO, Henriksen brings more than 20 years of experience in global agribusiness. At present, the Danish citizen is the CEO of Landmännen Unibake, the international bakery division of Landmännen Group. Prior to that, he was CEO of Landmännen Kronfogel Group, one of the leading broiler integrations in Northern Europe. During this time, he worked closely with Aviagen and is therefore very familiar with the needs and requirements of the broiler industry. 

"We are pleased to have Jan Henriksen on board as new CEO of the Aviagen Broiler Breeding Group," said Dirk Wesjohann, chairman of Aviagen Group. "With his broad experience in the successful management of international agricultural and poultry businesses he is the ideal person to continue the successful development that Aviagen has experienced over the years." 

Randall Ennis, current CEO of the Aviagen Broiler Breeding Group, has been appointed director of global business development for EW GROUP, also effective January 1, 2014. In this role, Ennis will report directly to the owners of EW GROUP, the parent company of Aviagen, and will be responsible for a number of important expansion projects for the wider Group. 

 "Randall has been with Aviagen for more than 18 years and has held a range of important management roles during this time. Under his leadership, Aviagen's broiler business has developed into a real global player with subsidiaries in more than 20 countries around the world," said Erich Wesjohann, CEO of the parent company EW GROUP. "We are convinced that Randall's excellent knowledge of the global breeding industry, combined with his extraordinary international experience and network make him the ideal fit for this important position in EW GROUP."

EW GROUP, based in Visbek, Germany, is a family-owned holding company with more than 80 subsidiaries in over 30 countries. The core business of the Group is animal breeding, animal nutrition and animal health. EW GROUP employs more than 7,000 people worldwide.