Jennie Hodgen and Bob Giblin have joined Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health in two newly created positions established to develop the company’s relationships within the food chain.

Hodgen joins the company as technical service specialist — meat science, and Giblin serves as manager of food industry communications. They will support the meat industry by deepening collaboration, partnerships and communications with retail grocery, restaurant and foodservice-management companies; meat distributors and suppliers; and food-industry organizations, policy makers and key influencers.

"As a partner to those directly supplying the food chain, it is vital that we understand and support all segments of the meat industry — from producers to consumers," says Eric Alsup, D.V.M., business unit director, fed cattle, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. "The globalization and integration of the food industry requires stronger relationships, collaboration and sharing of knowledge and ideas among all of us who — in one form or another — are responsible for the quality, safety, affordability and availability of today’s food supply. In creating these two new positions, we are improving our ability to build and support crucial relationships throughout the food chain, at levels where decisions are made that have profound impacts on our core customers —livestock producers."

Prior to earning a doctorate in meat science and muscle biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hodgen earned both a master’s degree in food science, with an emphasis in animal byproduct utilization, and a bachelor’s degree in animal and food science from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

Giblin comes to Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health from the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, where he served most recently as interim deputy director of public affairs. Prior to that, he served as an account manager for issues management at the communications agency Charleston/Orwig and as senior public relations counsel and director of research, measurement and insight at the firm Morgan&Myers.

Source: Company Announcement