The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) concluded its annual strategic planning conference on Nov. 6 with the election of new officers. Roel Andriessen, who heads the International Sales Group of Tyson Fresh Meats, is the new USMEF chair. Andriessen has more than 35 years of meat industry experience, beginning with his family’s international meat and poultry business in the Netherlands. In 1978 he joined IBP, which was subsequently acquired by Tyson. He has been involved with USMEF since 1979 as a member of the executive committee and has chaired various USMEF committees.