August 23, 2018


Diamond V welcomes Van Anne back with a new role


Diamond V recently welcomed Chris Van Anne back to the company's Cedar Rapids headquarters as the director of Knowledge Transfer.

In his new role, Van Anne supports the global sales and marketing teams through international sales training and extension of the Life Stage Solutions programmes worldwide. Additionally, Van Anne is also leading the development of the new Diamond V Learning Centre.

"Chris comes back to Iowa following six years successfully leading Diamond V's European operations," Mike Johnson, strategic marketing and portfolio director with Cargill Animal Nutrition, says.

"As Managing Director based in the Netherlands, Chris and his team collaborated with the company's 15 European Union business partners. They succeeded in doubling Diamond V's EU business in a few short years," Johnson adds.

He further explainsthat Van Anne grew up on a fourth generation beef ranch and dairy farm in western Nebraska, where he discovered that helping to feed the world was his life's mission.

Van Anne earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before completing his MBA at Regis University in Denver with an emphasis on International Business. He continued his academic career by completing the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program and the Sales Professional Course. He also certifiedas a Crop Advisor.

Van Anne has served in a volunteer capacity as chairman of the board for "Toys for God's Kids" a non-profit organisation in Denver, and as a member of several agriculture boards and advisory committees.

His lifelong passion for agriculture has remained strong, as he recently told the Diamond V team: "My perfect relaxing vacation is to spend a week baling hay, running a combine, working cattle, or fixing fence around one of the pastures on my brother's farm."

Chris Van Anne can be contacted at