Kincannon & Reed Expands Global Animal Health Search Practice

Kincannon & Reed Attila von Hankó managing director

November 30, 2017 – Executive search firm Kincannon & Reed continues its global expansion with the addition of Attila von Hankó as managing director, further enlarging its team of animal health industry veterans. He will be based in Bremen, Germany, where he will focus on senior executive recruitment for animal health clients across Europe and Asia.

Mr. von Hankó’s 30-year career includes significant global expertise in strategic and operational development. His work has predominantly been for companies focused on research and development, manufacturing, sales, and marketing of veterinary vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and feed additives for livestock, aquaculture and companion animals. Before transitioning to the animal health sector, he spent 10 years in the chemical industry. Mr. von Hankó has held senior executive, board, and advisory positions in China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Taiwan, and Vietnam for companies that include Hoechst, Intervet, Schering-Plough, and Vaxxinova. He most recently served as strategic advisor for Vaxxinova International in the Netherlands.

“Attila’s extensive leadership background, network, and expertise in animal health will be invaluable to our clients and to our firm,” said Greg Duerksen, CEO of Kincannon & Reed. “He brings the deep sector expertise and executive understanding that Kincannon & Reed employs on our clients’ behalf. His knowledge of the animal health value chain, the companies within it, and the players responsible for its successes are essential in identifying and recruiting the superior leaders our clients have come to expect from Kincannon & Reed.”

Michael Whitney, Kincannon & Reed’s managing director for Europe, said Mr. von Hankó joins the firm at a critical juncture. “The global animal health market is growing rapidly, driven by technological advancements in veterinary care and the emergence of veterinary health information systems that enable better identification and prevention of emerging viruses and pathogens,” he said. “With Attila and the other key animal health industry veterans on our team, we are well positioned to serve clients in this burgeoning sector.”

Founded in 1981, Kincannon & Reed focuses exclusively on the food, agribusiness and life sciences sectors and serves clients from its offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. The firm recently placed former Cargill executive Manoj Sahoo as chief commercial officer of Calyxt Inc., a fast-growing, consumer-oriented agricultural company.

Global Growth Mode

Agribusinesses worldwide face a host of challenges as they navigate their complicated mission of feeding the growing world population. This has led to high demand for new leaders among food businesses and agricultural organizations. Kincannon & Reed has responded by increasing its own headcount in recent months.

The firm has expanded in Brazil with the addition Ricardo Casiuch as managing director. He serves clients in the crop inputs sector. His background includes executive positions in agribusiness and biotechnology for Brazilian, American, Canadian and Italian multinational companies.


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The firm also added Lisa Johnson as managing director in Chicago. Ms. Johnson is a member of the food and ingredients team. She leads recruiting and succession assignments for the firm’s clients seeking general managers, presidents and CEOs, as well as senior functional executives in marketing, sales, finance, business development and R&D.

Kincannon & Reed also expanded into Latin America last year with the addition of Juan Pablo Buc Calderon as a managing director covering Chile and Peru. Within the region, he serves the firm’s agribusiness and food clients throughout Latin America. Mr. Buc Calderon worked extensively in Chilean agriculture, occupying key executive positions in recognized companies in the fruit export sector and agribusiness.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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