Cobb-Vantress appointed Mark Cooper as managing director of genetics to oversee the company’s global genetic program.
Effective immediately, Cooper will continue work to achieve genetic gains and competitive advantage through alignment of Cobb’s breeding program with its product strategy, developing a portfolio of products to meet growing global market needs. He will report to Dr. Aldo Rossi, vice president of research and development (R&D).
In his new role, Cooper will lead a global, multifunctional team, including Dr. Rachel Hawken, senior director of genetics; Manouchehr Katanbaf, senior geneticist; and Sriram Krishna, senior geneticist.
Prior to this appointment, Cooper previously worked as director of product testing. Since joining Cobb, he has also served as pedigree geneticist responsible for male line development, European director of genetics, director of genetics for all of Cobb’s breeding programs, and director of product management.
“Cobb has been dedicated to genetic research and the responsible use of technology for over 100 years,” said Rossi. “Dr. Cooper has made a big impact in his nearly 20 years with Cobb, and we’re looking forward to the continued advancements we expect him to accomplish in this new position.”
In his time at Cobb, Cooper’s research has focused on technology development and implementation in the breeding program, welfare parameters and meat quality. He has also spent time with global business leaders and customers to understand and update the R&D team on the product portfolio needed for the future. Most recently, he led Cobb’s product testing team, helping to evaluate the company’s product performance and development.
“I’m honored to take on the position of managing director of genetics,” said Cooper. “I’m fortunate because Cobb invests a significant percentage revenue into research and development, allowing us to continue leading the way in genetic progress.”
Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in poultry science from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in poultry genetics from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in poultry genetics from the University of Arkansas.