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Aviagen names new director of quality assurance for North America

Brett Ruffell   

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Derrick Tice will ensure the quality of the company's birds.

Derrick Tice, director of quality assurance, Aviagen North America.

Aviagen has named Derrick Tice director of quality assurance (QA) for North America. Based in Aviagen’s corporate office in Huntsville, Ala., Tice will report directly to the president of Aviagen North America Marc de Beer.

He will ensure the quality of Aviagen’s birds, from their beginning on GP farms to the time they are delivered to customer farms.

He will also collaborate with sales and service teams and with customers, to make sure they are satisfied with their parent stock chicks.


Tice comes to Aviagen from animal health and disease prevention company Boehringer Ingelheim Poultry Division, where he served as U.S. poultry strategic account manager, with Aviagen being one of his key customers.

However, before joining Boehringer Ingelheim, he served as an Aviagen employee from 2007 to 2018 as grandparent poultry specialist, quality assurance manager for North America, and grandparent operations manager, Alabama/Tennessee.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Poultry Science Management from the University of Mississippi State (2007) and has fulfilled various duties for the Alabama Army National Guard since 2001.

“We’re excited to welcome Derrick back to the Aviagen family,” de Beer says. “Derrick always puts the customer and the health of our birds first, and has a passion for innovation, coupled with strong leadership skills. Our customers, our birds, and our North American team will profit from his deep insight into breeding operations and his expertise in maintaining excellent quality management systems.”

Tice adds, “Returning to Aviagen feels like coming home again. The company and I share the value of continuous quality improvement for the benefit of our birds and our customers. My goal will be to help further strengthen the top quality that Aviagen stands for by ensuring each step in the value chain leads to the delivery of the best-possible product.”

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