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Aviagen Appoints New Global Head of Technical Systems

9 March 2012, at 4:08p.m.

GLOBAL - Aviagen has announced the promotion of Dr Nick French, currently Incubation Specialist, to Global Head of Technical Systems. Dr French is scheduled to commence his new position on April 30, replacing Dr John Ralph, who has assumed a new role at Aviagen Turkeys.


Nick French

Nick holds a BSc in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Bristol and a PhD from the University of Bath. His career in the poultry industry began at B.U.T., where he was to become Director of Technical Support. In 2009, Nick moved to the chicken side of the business and for the last three years he was a valued member of the Hatchery Support team as Incubation Specialist.

With 30 years of poultry experience, Dr French will continue to support Aviagen and its customers internationally in his new role as he will be assigned to visit various Aviagen sites around the world.

In his new position, Nick will be responsible for leading the team that develops e-technology models and systems for the analysis and prediction of production performance. The Technical Systems Group has already been very successful in developing a range of tools that can be used to trap, analyse and model data that can be used to improve production systems and Nick will work to build on this success and further develop the tools for wider use.

Bryan Fancher, Vice President of Global Technical Operations at Aviagen said: “Throughout his time with Aviagen, Nick has been very highly regarded the world over and I am sure that he will bring the same success to his new role as he has to every other position he has held within the company. Nick has experience at all levels and of all aspects of poultry production, therefore I couldn’t think of a more deserved and well matched appointment.”

Dr Nick French commented: “I could not be more grateful for the faith Aviagen continues to show me and my work. Despite 30 years in the poultry industry I am always learning something new and still very much enjoy the challenge of tackling new problems. I look forward to what is ahead of me.”