Kemin Industries appointed Yannick Riou as President of Kemin Nutrisurance, the pet food and rendering technologies business unit. Riou will take over from David Raveyre, who is now Group President at Kemin Industries. Both started in their new positions on December 16, 2019.
Riou was formerly president of Diana Food. In 1998, he started as a sales manager at Diana and then took on various leadership roles around the globe, serving as Managing Director for SPF in Argentina and Global Sales Director for Diana Petfood, based in France. Before taking over as President of Diana Food, Riou served as General Manager of North America for the company.
Riou, who is fluent in French, English and Spanish, holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degrees in food engineering, marketing and international trade in the food industry. Riou, a native and current resident of France, will relocate to the Kemin global headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, (United States) in June 2020. Until that date, he will lead the business unit from his current location in France.
“We are happy to have Yannick join Kemin, as he brings extensive expertise in the pet food industry to our Nutrisurance team,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, President and CEO, Kemin. “David has worked diligently to build our pet food business, and I believe Yannick can use this foundation of success to create an even stronger brand that distinguishes us in the global pet food industry for our innovation, expertise and commitment to science-backed solutions.”
Established in 1961, Kemin is a privately held, family-owned-and-operated company with more than 2,800 global employees and operations in 90 countries, including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.