New leadership at Novus aims for top position in animal health

New CEO at Novus plans further success in the animal nutrition space.

New CEO  plans to lead the company to further success in animal nutrition space

Dan Meagher has officially taken the helm as CEO and president at Novus International, Inc., with plans to lead the company to further success in the animal nutrition space. 

“My goal is to be one Novus; one company focused on our core strengths,” Meagher said. “We have a great technology in the HMTBa molecule (found in the company’s methionine product, ALIMET® as well as other products), we will seek new and innovative technologies, and we will continue to build upon our history of research and development by creating more products and solutions. Our resolute vision remains to help feed the world wholesome, affordable food in a sustainable manner.” 

Meagher said that while the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has delayed the finalization and implementation of the company’s new strategy, the plans he and his team have for the company are sure to be visible to customers when they are fully realized later this year. 

As the company welcomes Meagher’s return to Novus following the six-years he spent as the head of ag-tech start-up Agrivida, Novus also congratulated former CEO and President François Fraudeau on his retirement, in addition to that of long-time leader and advocate Jeff Klopfenstein, executive vice president and president of methionine business, who announced in March that he would retire from Novus and his 29-year career with the company, effective April 1. 

“I’ve been with the company since the very beginning,” Klopfenstein said. “I’ve been active in its growth and expansion, and what we’ve achieved as a company has made me proud. Helping our customers to feed the world has been an honor and I wish everyone at Novus, and those in the animal agriculture industry, a bright future.” 

Klopfenstein will continue to work with Novus as a consultant for an agreed period of time. 

As Meagher takes the reins, he acknowledged that these changes, coupled with anxiety about the pandemic, can be stressful but said he is confident that his new Executive Leadership Team is positive in its outlook and plans to move the company forward. 

“My request is that we keep focused on serving our customers, working with stronger collaboration and maintaining an optimistic mentality towards our future,” Meagher said. “I am excited about the future of Novus because I know we have the right people in this company to make a difference.” 

Novus International, Inc. is a global leader in health and nutrition solutions for the animal agriculture industry. The company is headquartered in Saint Charles, Missouri, US and is privately owned by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. For more information, visit 

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