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Viterra names new livestock services VP

The man in charge of port terminals for Canada’s biggest grain company is now its vice-president of livestock and feed services.

Bill Mooney, the director of terminals for Viterra, takes over the new post effective immediately and will operate out of the company’s Okotoks, Alta. office, Viterra announced Thursday.

Mooney has been in the grain industry since the early 1980s, working for James Richardson International (JRI) up to the position of vice-president of organizational development, until he left the Winnipeg company six years ago to join Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.

While in charge of Viterra’s port operations, Mooney was also named in February this year to represent the grain industry on the board of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

As Viterra’s VP for livestock and feed services, Mooney replaces Bill McGill, who will help in the transition and retire next year, the company said.

McGill had held much the same role dating back to United Grain Growers before UGG merged with Agricore into Agricore United, which then merged with SaskPool into Viterra.

McGill “spearheaded the (division’s) expansion into the U.S. and has played a large role in diversifying the division’s products and services, which has geographically broadened our customer base,” Viterra chief operating officer Fran Malecha said in a release Thursday. “With this change, we expect a smooth transition and continued success and growth of our livestock segment.”

As for Mooney, “with over 24 years in the industry Bill is a well-respected, proven performer whose strong track record of execution will be a definite asset going forward,” Malecha said in the same release.

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