Growth and Expansion Drives Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. to Announce
Reorganization of U.S. Management Team
CEO Jordan Burns announces changes in leadership structure and promotions in
U.S. division of global specialty agriculture products company
PHOENIX -- March 5, 2013
Growth and expansion of the agricultural products and specialty products
business units, and the pending retirement of a key leader of Phoenix-based
Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. (TKI), is making it necessary to reorganize the
company’s U.S. management team, according to Jordan Burns, CEO of TKI.
Burns announced today the forthcoming retirement of Ron Johnson, who has
served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales – Broad Acres for nearly 10
years. Johnson, who has been with TKI for more than two decades, will
officially retire during the fourth quarter of 2013 and will assist with
transitional matters until then.
In connection with Johnson’s pending retirement, Russell Sides has accepted
the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for all TKI fertilizers
sold in the U.S. and Canada effective immediately.
In this new role, Sides will be responsible for leading all sales and
marketing strategy including brand development. He has been a part of the TKI
team for more than eight years and has served in several roles, including his
most recent position as Director of Supply Chain. Prior to joining TKI, Sides
served in sales and management positions with other agricultural and
industrial companies for more than 20 years.
Rick Letterman has accepted the role of Vice President of Product Development
and Business Administration effective immediately. Letterman is charged with
adding to the unique portfolio of TKI plant nutrients.
Rick has been a part of the TKI team for more than 22 years and has served in
roles including his most recent position as Vice President of Specialty
In their new roles, Sides and Letterman will report to Larry Tryon, Group Vice
President, North America Fertilizers.
In late 2012, TKI was reorganized into five Business Units, according to
Burns. “Thechanging markets and our need to keep up with our growth made it
necessary to implement some important changes in our management structure,”
The five TKI Business Units and their leaders are now as follows:
TKI Business Unit Leader Position
U.S. and Canada Larry Tryon Group Vice President, North
Fertilizers America Fertilizers
NovaSource David Cassidy Group Vice President for Crop
Global Mining & Ken Gagon Group Vice President of Global
Industrial Mining & Industrial
Kerley International Geert Gyselinck Group Vice President, Kerley
MPR Kevin Boltz President, MPR
“TKI is committed to delivering sustainable solutions essential to a better,
safer and healthier environment, and these changes to our management structure
and leadership team will ensure our ability to grow in the future,” Burns
About Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc.
TKI produces and markets specialty chemical solutions, including fertilizers,
crop protection chemicals and process chemicals and services to diverse
markets around the globe. TKI operates 10 manufacturing plants in North
America, in addition to an extensive terminal network. The company is a
subsidiary of Tessenderlo Group, Brussels, Belgium.
About Tessenderlo Group
Tessenderlo Group (TG) is a worldwide specialty company focused on food,
agriculture, water management and on valorizing bio-residuals. The group
employs over 7,000 people and is a leader in most of its markets, with a
consolidated revenue of 2.1 billion EUR in 2011.Tessenderlo Chemie NV is
listed on Eurolist by Euronext Brussels and is part of Next 150 and BEL Mid
indices. Financial News wires: Bloomberg: TESB BB – Reuters: TesBt.BR –
Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc.
Lowell Bennett, 602-889-8396
Director of Communications
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