Cooperative Resources International senior vice president of business development Pete Giacomini announced he has named Robert Fourdraine the cooperative's vice president of research and development. In this role, Fourdraine will be responsible for all aspects of CRI research and biotechnological services. This encompasses internal research activities at the International Center for Biotechnology and other CRI locations along with external research grant funding supported by CRI.
"Robert's 20-year career and past record of accomplishments in the livestock industry make him well qualified for improving the focus and effectiveness of CRI's overall research programming," states Giacomini. "Under Robert's leadership, CRI will expand the impact of the International Center for Biotechnology across all CRI subsidiaries – AgSource Cooperative Services, Genex Cooperative, Inc. and MOFA Global. This will help set the course for CRI's strategic positioning."
Most recently, Fourdraine served as vice president of DHI Operations for AgSource. During that time he led the development of several innovative information and management tools for its members and customers. Prior to that, he served as the chief operating officer of the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium.
Fourdraine holds a doctorate in animal science from Texas A&M University, and masters' degrees from the Agricultural University of Wageningen in the Netherlands.
Cooperative Resources International, headquartered in Shawano, is built from organizations dating back to the 1920s, CRI and its subsidiaries – AgSource Cooperative Services, Genex Cooperative, Inc. and MOFA Global – encompass more than 1,500 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals linked to the land through plant and animal production.