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Centor Group Announces New Leadership


The Centor Group announced changes in their leadership. Chairman of the group, Ken Blakers stepped down August 1, 2020. Peter Marks from the North American team (Aginnovation / Centor NA / LATAM) has been appointed the new Chairman of the organization.

Marks has been a board member of the Centor Group since inception in 2012 and leading the team in North America.

“It has been an honor to have Ken serve as Chairman and appreciate his accomplishments, collaborative approach and excellent value creation of opportunities over the past 2 years. We are pleased to announce that Ken will remain on the board before a transition into an executive role,” says Marks.

In addition, Aginnovation welcomed new leadership appointments:

Amy Beuno, R&D and technical manager. Beuno’s educational background is a graduate from Purdue University with a Masters in Bio Chemistry. She was recently with Croda/Incotec holding positions within the R&D and Technical Sales departments and commenced with Aginnovation last month.

Bill Diemer, regional sales manager. Prior to joining Aginnovation, Diemer worked with Nufarm Americas as their Midwest Seed Treatment Lead. A veteran of the seed industry Diemer worked for Monsanto BioAg/Novozymes, Direct Enterprises, Syngenta and Limagrain. His experience with biological platforms will be an asset to Aginnovation as the company embarks on launching its new platform this year.

Nick Iwig, North American commercial and business development manager. “Ken Blakers and the current leadership team have installed an incredible vision and foundation for us to build on as we continue to grow and align our global business with our partners and prospects. We are thrilled to have Amy Bueno join the team globally, her technical knowledge combined with her understanding of commercial needs has prepared her to help guide us to the next level of global success,” says Nick Iwig