The British Pig Executive (BPEX) has appointed Andrew Knowles as the new head of technical functions as part of a restructuring in the organization.
A new strategy has been developed and part of that involves merging the knowledge transfer and research and development functions into a single team.
BPEX Director Mick Sloyan said: "There are tremendous challenges ahead but I'm sure Andrew will rise to them. Since BPEX was created the industry has changed quite markedly so the organization has also needed to change.
"The appointment also ties in with the new strategy for BPEX which will be launched at Pig Fair."
Knowles said: "I am very excited about the chance to lead a new BPEX technical team. It is an opportunity to harness the extensive knowledge and expertise within the team and to work with colleagues in the allied industry, veterinary profession, research and supply chains to support levy-payers."
Knowles joined BPEX in 2001 as a strategy coordinator and in 2009 was promoted to strategy coordinator and head of communication and supply chain development.