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NEWS: Barenbrug USA Announces Appointment of New Chief Operating Officer


TANGENT, Oregon, June 3, 2024 – Barenbrug USA, a leader in grass technology, today announces the appointment of Corey Smith as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective Monday, June 3rd. With an impressive background in operational leadership and a commitment to excellence, Corey is set to bring valuable expertise and energy to the executive team.

Corey Smith joins Barenbrug with over 14 years of extensive experience in driving production operations and business unit management. Known for his unwavering focus on operational excellence, Corey has a distinguished track record in fostering positive organizational cultures and implementing continual improvement methodologies. His proficiency is further underscored by his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

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Corey's academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, with a concentration in business management. This robust educational foundation, combined with his practical experience, equip him to enhance our operational efficiency and spearhead innovations that will drive Barenbrug towards new heights.

"We are thrilled to welcome Corey to our team. His expertise in operational leadership and commitment to excellence align perfectly with Barenbrug's core values of innovation and sustainability," remarked Justin Burns, President and CEO of Barenbrug USA. "Corey's proven track record in driving operational efficiency and his dedication to fostering a positive work culture make him an ideal fit for our organization."


About Royal Barenbrug Group

Headquartered in the Netherlands, and with a 120-year history, Barenbrug is a fourth-generation, family-owned company dedicated to the research, development and production of grass seeds & legumes for agricultural and recreational markets. With over 900 employees, in more than 20 countries on six continents in all major climate regions, our mission is to increase animal productivity to help feed the world and enhance the enjoyment of green spaces. With a global presence in over 20 countries and research facilities on every continent, Barenbrug remains dedicated to enhancing the quality of life through sustainable grassland and agricultural solutions.


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This announcement not only marks a significant milestone for Barenbrug USA but also underscores our ongoing commitment to operational excellence and innovation. We look forward to the positive impact Corey Smith will undoubtedly bring to our organization.