Novozymes names new Canadian ag chief

The crop inoculant business formerly known as Philom Bios has named its new president.

Trevor Thiessen, who has worked in the management ranks of what’s now Novozymes BioAg Group since 2002, was announced Tuesday as president of the Saskatoon-based business, which manufactures the JumpStart, TagTeam and N-Prove inoculant brands.

Thiessen replaces Calvin Sonntag, who on April 1 was named CEO of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA).

“Picking the right leader for the business is the most important thing that I can do. It is gratifying that I didn’t have to look very far,” said Ted Melnik, president of Novozymes Biologicals, the Salem, Va.-based wing of Danish firm Novozymes, on Thiessen’s appointment.

Thiessen, who obtained an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan after joining Philom Bios with a B.Comm. in 1993, spent several years elsewhere in the seed industry before rejoining Philom Bios as marketing manager in 2002.

Since then, the company said, Thiessen has held “increasingly senior roles overseeing marketing, sales, production, and research activities.”

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