Sallie Starks has been named Aviagen’s vice president of finance.

Reporting directly to Kevin McDaniel, president of Aviagen North America, Starks is based at the corporate headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama.

Starks, whose appointment was effective on July 17, is responsible for recommending and developing policies, procedures and systems to meet company objectives, which include internal and external reporting, as well as design and development of internal controls processes to ensure accuracy of accounting and reporting. She also ensures financial policies and procedures are aligned with company objectives and works to improve the financial performance of the business as a whole.

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Starks has amassed a considerable background in the financial world, serving as the chief financial officer for Precision Die Casting (former finance director of Sensus Precision Die Casting); controller for Martinrea International’s Tennessee facilities; and most recently, chief financial officer for Conner Industries, Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas. She also gained insight into animal genetics through her nearly 20 year tenure at PIC North America.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

“Sallie is a dynamic leader who has strengthened our management team with her extensive insight. Her years of executive leadership experience will be instrumental in building the systems and teams to successfully support our continued growth.” said McDaniel.