NSR announces Anderson to retire as CEO

NSR announces Anderson to retire as CEO
Swine registry opens call for applications

Jan. 3, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The National Swine Registry today announced the planned retirement of NSR CEO Darrell Anderson, effective at the end of 2011, following a one-year search and transition process for a new executive. A call for applications for the position has been opened by the NSR Executive Committee, with applications due Feb. 18.

Willard Olson of Manhattan, Kan., chairman of the NSR Executive Committee, says, “This is a very significant time for the National Swine Registry – Darrell has been a tremendous leader in our industry for the past 24 years, and can be credited with the merger and creation of the National Swine Registry itself. His dedication to the purebred swine business is unsurpassed, and even as we look forward to the future, we recognize his presence at this organization will be greatly missed.”

Anderson was hired as the executive secretary of the American Yorkshire Club in 1987, and oversaw the merger of the Yorkshire, Duroc and Hampshire breed associations to form the National Swine Registry in 1994. The Landrace registry later joined in 1998.

During his tenure at the helm of the nation’s largest pedigreed swine association, Anderson played a key role in many significant accomplishments for purebred swine, including:

·         Merchandising approximately $48 million worth of purebred and crossbred swine
·         Orchestrating the NSR Long-Range Strategic Planning process that resulted in creation of the junior and commercial services divisions of NSR
·         Guiding the formation of the National Junior Swine Association, which, at nearly 12,000 members today, is the largest youth livestock organization in the nation
·         Initiating the first international across-herd genetic evaluation in the purebred swine industry and issuing the first international pedigree to China
·         Instituting the use of DNA technology in U.S. purebred swine systems
·         Serving on the National Pork Producers Council, National Pedigreed Livestock Council, National Livestock and Meat Board, U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, and National Swine Improvement Federation and other industry boards

Anderson and his wife, Merlene, plan to remain in West Lafayette, Ind. Anderson says he looks forward to having more time to dedicate to breeding, raising and showing registered llamas, as well as spending time with their children and grandchildren. He will remain active as CEO through December 31, 2011.

A complete job description for the position of CEO is available on the NSR website at www.nationalswine.com. Questions and applications, due Feb. 18 including cover letter, résumé, and references, should be directed to Willard Olson at 785.539.4955 or wgolson@ksu.edu.


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