Our leaders

Meet the experienced and passionate people who run our business.

José Nobre

Chief Executive Officer, AB Agri

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José Nobre

Chief Executive Officer, AB Agri

José’s farming background ignited his passion for agriculture and his strongly-held belief that what we eat, and what we feed our families, should be produced safely and sustainably. 

He completed his Baccalaureate in farming, gaining practical experience on poultry and swine production units. After graduating in biochemistry and molecular biology at the Universities of Rouen and Marseille, José began working in the biotech field, where his farming knowledge inspired him to pioneer the use of technology in agricultural production. This was the start of his extensive international career, which has taken him across Europe, the US, Japan, Latin America and China, and included the creation of crop protection company Arysta LifeScience EMEA, which he built and nurtured into a successful global business.

José has fulfilled a variety of executive and business development roles, operating across the human health, animal health, nutrition and feed, and crop protection sectors.

Scott Gurvis

Chief Financial Officer (CFO), AB Agri

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Scott Gurvis

Chief Financial Officer (CFO), AB Agri

A certified public accountant with a varied portfolio of financial roles spanning many industries and countries – including a crop protection business as CFO of Europe, Middle East and Africa – Scott took on the role at AB Agri in 2019 and has never looked back. 

Committed to having an impact and empowering employees to develop and execute ideas, he makes a difference every day at AB Agri.

Kelly Brown

Group People & Performance Director, AB Agri

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Kelly Brown

Group People & Performance Director, AB Agri

Before joining AB Agri in 2013 as HR Manager, Kelly completed a degree in human resource management at the University of Leeds. She is now responsible for the people and HR strategy across AB Agri globally. She ensures that flexibility and choice is at the heart of her leadership approach, while creating a place of trust and empowerment for her team and other colleagues.

Focused on supporting the people within the business, Kelly enables long-term performance and excellence for AB Agri’s customers and industry.
 

Simon Heath

Chief Commercial Officer, AB Agri

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Simon Heath

Chief Commercial Officer, AB Agri

Having joined AB Agri in the late 80s as part of the graduate scheme in the UK, Simon has a passion for agriculture, stemming from his farming background. 
He held several sales and management positions across the UK before pursuing numerous business development opportunities in the US, Canada and China. 
Following the amalgamation of ABN, KW and Trident into new animal nutrition business AB Connect, Simon was appointed its Managing Director, overseeing a turnover of £1 billion and a workforce of more than 760 people.

In his role as Chief Commercial Officer, Simon is now overseeing our expansion in South East Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and the Americas. He is also supporting development of our products and services in the dairy, swine and poultry sectors and working with our CEO José Nobre on mergers and acquisitions.

Dino Kiriakopoulos

Managing Director, AB Agri Mono UK & Ireland

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Dino Kiriakopoulos

Managing Director, AB Agri Mono UK & Ireland

Dino Kiriakopoulos was born and raised in Canada where he graduated with an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a Master’s in Business Administration from York University, Toronto. Dino has since held various leadership positions, running multisite businesses in recycling, paper mills, industrial and consumer packaging and engineered materials across Europe and North America.

Joining AB Agri May 2022, Dino is passionate in his goal to make ABN and Premier Nutrition world class manufacturing businesses by training and engaging our fantastic workforce.

Dr Valerie Schuster

Managing Director, Livalta

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Dr Valerie Schuster

Managing Director, Livalta

Valerie studied economics at university in Germany and financed her studies by working in IT and as a freelance sports reporter. After her PhD, she moved to Ethiopia, working for a large German-Ethiopian development programme to kickstart the country’s industrialisation. From there, she joined the Boston Consulting Group, working all over the world in strategy for chemicals, energy and pro bono projects to prevent chronic malnutrition of children. 

Valerie joined the strategy team of AB Agri in the UK in 2015 and became Managing Director of Livalta in 2020.

Heidi Burrows

Managing Director, AB Neo

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Heidi Burrows

Managing Director, AB Neo

Heidi brings diverse breadth of experience to AB Neo following a tenure of over 15 years at sister company, AB Vista, where she held leadership roles spanning commercial, operational and regulatory departments. 

Heidi said: “As a neonatal business with a strong grounding in research and its own Centre of Excellence trial farm, AB Neo is uniquely placed to help customers meet the nutritional needs of all young farm animals – today and in the future. We have an ambitious growth strategy, and I am excited to be part of the team as we set off in pursuit of our goals and look to support the business’s growth.”

David Williams

Managing Director, AB Dairy

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David Williams

Managing Director, AB Dairy

David Williams took up the new role on 20 February 2024, and brings a vast wealth of executive experience within the dairy industry, spanning the UK and wider Europe, with both the Arla group, and more recently as CEO for Omsco Ltd (Organic Herd).

“I am delighted to take up this new opportunity at an exciting time for the development of our businesses here in the UK and Ireland,” says Mr Williams. 

“I will continue to help drive and support the incredible hard work and successes our teams and businesses are demonstrating every day, as well as overseeing ongoing investments and developments, all geared towards providing responsible solutions for a sustainable and profitable future for farmers.”

Nie Kuo

Managing Director, AB Agri China

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Nie Kuo

Managing Director, AB Agri China

Mr Nie joined the business in 2004 in the role of General Manager at the Liaoning Company. In 2012 he became responsible for leading our successful ABNA business, overseeing six feed mills across China. Today Mr Nie holds the position of Managing Director of AB Agri China, managing 10 mills, 1 trading company and 1 group management center, which in total employs around 1000 people.  

With Mr Nie's leadership, AB Agri China draws on three decades of feed safety management experience in the UK, bringing together international knowledge from across AB Agri and the ABF group, with a rich understanding of the livestock and feed sector in China.

Juan Ignacio (Nacho) Fernández

Managing Director, AB Vista

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Juan Ignacio (Nacho) Fernández

Managing Director, AB Vista

Nacho became Managing Director of AB Vista in September 2020. He joined AB Vista in 2015 as Regional Sales Director for West and South Europe, before becoming EMEA Director in 2017. 

Nacho is an agriculture engineer by training, specialising in animal production. He has over 25 years’ experience, having worked for many different feed additive companies over the years. 

He holds an MBA from ESIC in Madrid, Spain and further qualifications in animal nutrition.

Victoria Lawrence

Managing Director, Germains Seed Technology

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Victoria Lawrence

Managing Director, Germains Seed Technology

In January 2012 Victoria joined AB Agri as Strategy Manager, after several years working for the Boston Consulting Group in London and South East Asia, and at Lloyds TSB in the UK and New York. She then took on the management of Aunir, one of our technology businesses, before joining the AB Agri board as Director of Strategy and Business Development.

In 2018 she joined our sister division, AB Sugar, to take on a new role as Managing Director of Germains Seed Technology, a global R&D-led business which develops innovative, sustainable seed technology solutions for growers across the world. She continues in the same role now that Germains has transferred into AB Agri.

She holds a degree in Literae Humaniores from Oxford University, and an MBA from INSEAD, which she completed in Singapore.

 

Mark Aitchison

Managing Director, Frontier Agriculture

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Mark Aitchison

Managing Director, Frontier Agriculture

Liverpudlian Mark attained a BSc in Applied Biology from the city’s University before gaining a post-graduate degree in Agronomy and Crop Husbandry from Harper Adams Agricultural College. Starting out as a trainee agronomist with Schering Agriculture, over the next eight years he progressed to the position of Group Accounts Manager.

In 1992, Mark joined Cargill’s agricultural division, subsequently occupying several roles including Regional Sales Manager, Commercial Director and ultimately, General Manager. Following Cargill’s merger with Banks Agriculture, he was appointed MD of the newly formed business, playing a leading role in a further merger with Allied Grain and becoming Managing Director of Frontier Agriculture Ltd in 2005. Rutland resident Mark is a trustee of the county’s agricultural society and in 2014 was awarded an honorary doctorate from his former university, Harper Adams, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to UK agriculture.

Angela Booth

Director of Responsibility, AB Agri

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Angela Booth

Director of Responsibility, AB Agri

After graduating from Edinburgh University with a BSc in animal nutrition, Angela worked as a nutritionist for a UK national feed compounder for four years before joining a regional animal feed business in the North of England which became part of AB Agri in 2001.

Angela has been our Feed Safety Director since 2016 and now holds the position of Director of Responsibility, leading our team towards our goal of Net Zero in our operations by 2030.

With a wealth of experience in marketing, commodity purchasing, supply chain management, commercial account management, nutrition and quality assurance, Angela is also Chair of the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) and the FEFAC Feed Safety Management Committee, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs (ACAF).

Malcolm Beaton

Director of M&A and Strategic Alliances AB Agri

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Malcolm Beaton

Director of M&A and Strategic Alliances AB Agri

Malcolm joined AB Agri in 2008 as Finance Director for ABN and Premier Nutrition, before leading the Central Eastern Europe business where his passion and skill for M&A started with the acquisition of BODIT.  Since then, Malcolm has achieved a phenomenal amount both sourcing and securing a number of new businesses for the AB Agri family.
Prior to joining AB Agri, Malcolm has held a number of senior finance and commercial roles.
Malcolm holds a degree in Philosophy gained at the University of Edinburgh and is a Chartered Accountant.

Pascal Martel

Enterprise Performance Director, AB Agri

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Pascal Martel

Enterprise Performance Director, AB Agri

Passionate about agriculture and technology, Pascal joined AB Agri in 2018. As our Enterprise Performance Director, he is predominantly responsible for ensuring the IT team uses technology to digitise the business’s operations and industry. He also oversees our project management office (PMO) activities to define and maintain standards. 

His achievements include a master’s in management from Toulouse Business School, experience in financial planning across manufacturing and services industries in China, France, Ireland and the UK, and establishing the performance and analytics function for the integration of crop protection companies internationally.