June 2, 2021
Dr. Eckel appoints COO
With immediate effect, agriculture and animal health expert Guido Grassi has taken over the position of Chief Operations Officer at Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition GmbH & Co. KG.
The Argentine native holds a degree in agronomy and an MBA and has many years of management experience in agricultural companies of various sizes and specialisations. Before accepting the position with Dr. Eckel, he participated in projects in Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States, and has worked with global teams, most recently as Country Head Thailand at Bayer and then as Aqua Commercial Head for the Asia-Pacific region at Elanco.
When asked about the choice of Guido Grassi, Antje Eckel, founder and CEO of Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition explained: "He knows the world from Asia to America, he knows business from start-up to multinational, he knows agriculture from crop to consumer. Mr. Grassi is an experienced leader with a hands-on, open attitude, driven by innovation, and enjoys working with diverse teams and an open corporate culture. His pursuit of excellence and his love of breaking unknown grounds to achieve the best for customers, not only for now but also for the future, is precisely how we at Dr. Eckel have always worked for. And on top of that, he's a smart, straightforward and an immensely likeable guy who will be a great addition to our team."
With Dr. Eckel constantly growing, the course is already being set for a generational change in the company's management. Against this background, the decision to expand the management board to include the position of operational managing director and to separate operational business from long-term strategic planning is the next decisive step on this path. This will enable Dr. Eckel to continue to succeed in the future with product solutions that are decisively ahead to strengthen the entrepreneurial success of its customers.
In his new position, Grassi will work from Dr. Eckel’s German headquarters in Niederzissen, where production and most of the company's employees are located.
In addition, Dr. Eckel has a number of employees at various regional bases, the most important and largest of which is the subsidiary in Bangkok, Thailand (Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition Thailand Co., Ltd.). Grassi said: "At Dr. Eckel, I will be able to interact with several different areas and regions and thrive to innovate, keep differentiating and to continue pioneering with a highly qualified team and a great company culture. Always looking ahead for a better future, thinking globally and discovering new horizons and opportunities are what drives me most in my daily work."