ARLINGTON, VA--The Animal Agriculture Alliance promoted Kay Johnson to executive vice president of the non-profit assocoation, effective May 1. Previously, Johnson served the organization as vice president.

In her new role, she will be taking on overall responsibilities for managing all administrative functions, staff and resource development opportunities for the non-profit association. Johnson will retain her responsibilities in supervising issue management, programs and delivery tasks. Johnson has been with the Alliance since its inception, and served as executive director of its predecessor association, the Animal Industry Foundation, since 1994.

Bruce Andrews announced his retirement as president of the Alliance, a position he has held for the past two years. Under his direction, the Alliance took solid steps towards improving membership and awareness of the organization. Andrews leaves to manage his multiple business interests including a Canadian petfood company, a company providing distance-learning programs for the veterinary profession, and consulting contracts with industry suppliers, including a specialty enzyme manufacturer. Andrews' experience prior to joining the Alliance includes being president of Alpharma's Animal Health Division, a senior consultant with Brakke Consulting, Inc., and president of American Cyanamid.

"Kay's experience serving as executive director of the Animal Industry Foundation and vice president of the Alliance will provide her with firm footing to lead the organization," says Animal Agriculture Alliance Chairman Don Dalton, president of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. "We look forward to Kay's extraordinary work ethic and outstanding commitment to build upon the first-rate improvements that Bruce introduced to the organization."

The Animal Agriculture Alliance, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is a broad-based coalition of individual producers, producer organizations, private industry, packer-processors and retailers, whose mission is to support and promote animal agriculture practices that provide for farm animal well-being through sound science and public information. The Alliance supports the use of science-based behavioral, physiological, biochemical and pathological criteria in judging the health and well-being of animals raised for food. For more information about the organization, its programs or pledging support, visit www.animalagalliance.org, or contact Philip Lobo, Communications Director, Animal Agriculture Alliance, 1501 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 1100, Arlington, VA 22209, 703-562-5160, fax 703-524-1921.

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