Directors

Songyan Li,PhD, Chairman of the Board, Co - Founder

As one of the original founders of the Company, Dr. Li is a renowned animal nutrition scientist in China. He was named Chairman of the Board in July 2004. Prior to that, he worked as the Technical Manager in Guangxi Peter Hand Pre-mix Feed Company, a Chinese subsidiary of global animal nutrition conglomerate Provimi S.A. Mr. Li obtained his PhD in animal nutrition from Nanjing Agricultural University in September 2004. He also has an EMBA degree from China Europe International Business School, one of the best business schools in China. Dr. Li speaks fluent English.

Junhong Xiong, CEO & Vice Chairman of the Board Co - Founder

Since founding the Company in May l995, Mr. Xiong has served as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he worked for Guangzhou Huashi Animal Nutritionals Company as head of marketing. He rapidly rose from an entry level sales position to a top sales manager until reaching his final position as the head of marketing. Mr. Xiong Junhong earned his B.S. in Animal Husbandry & Veterinary studies from Jiangxi Agricultural University in July 1992 and has an EMBA degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China's top business schools.

K. Ivan F. Gothner, Chairman of Audit Committee, Independent Board Member

Mr. Gothner has been Managing Director and founder of Adirondack Partners, LLC, a private merchant-banking firm that focuses on serving small and mid-size growth companies, since 1993. He has been active as a merchant banker focusing on small and mid-size growth companies for his entire career. His work has focused on companies experiencing rapid growth as a result of introducing new technologies and products or by entering new markets. Prior to founding Adirondack Partners, Mr. Gothner was Senior Vice President of Barclays Bank from 1990 to 1992, responsible for establishing an investment banking unit to serve small and mid-sized companies. Mr. Gothner joined Kleinwort Benson Limited in 1986 and from 1987 to 1990, he served as a Senior Vice President of the firm and General Manager of the KB Mezzanine Fund, L.P., a specialized fund which invested in the equity and junior capital of small and mid-sized businesses. Currently, Mr. Gothner serves on the Board of Directors of ArtID, LLC, Covenant Group Holdings, Inc. and Best Buddies of Massachusetts. Mr. Gothner received a Bachelor’s of Art from Columbia College in political science and economics and a MIA from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs in international economic policy and finance. 

John A. Stadler, Independent Board Member

Mr. Stadler has over 45 years of experience as a senior executive and investor in the animal production and processing industry.   Mr. Stadler commenced his career as an employee of the Stadler Packing Co.  In 1976 he accepted the position of President of Big Creek Land and Cattle Co. that owned and operated cattle ranches in Utah and Colorado.  Mr. Stadler formed Mariah Foods in 1983 by purchasing the assets of Stadler Packing Co.  He served as President of Mariah Packing until 1996.   Following his tenure at Mariah Packing, Mr. Stadler served as a consultant in the pork production and processing industry and began to acquire the various components which would result in the formation in 2004 of M2P2 LLC, where Mr. Stadler served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, until its purchase by AgFeed in September 2010.  Mr. Stadler received his BS in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky.

Lixiang Zhang, Ph.D., Independent Board Member

Dr. Zhang is a leading expert in animal nutritional science and management consulting in China. Dr. Zhang is a Professor of Agricultural Management and has served as the Assistant Dean of the College of Agricultural Development at Renmin University of China since July 2003. In 2005, he was named a Top Ten Enterprise Strategist by the Chinese government. In 2004, Dr. Zhang was named a Top Ten Best Management Consulting Expert by the Chinese Government. In 2002, he was awarded the top prize for Innovative Management Science by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. Dr. Zhang has authored over 60 books and articles in the topics of agricultural science and management science. He has conducted management training programs for global companies including SONY, Panasonic, General Motors, Motorola, China Life Insurance, China Telecom among others. Dr. Zhang received a PhD in Management Science from Renmin University in 2003.