Coffey named as officer at MGPI

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ATCHISON, KAS. — Don Coffey, Ph.D. and executive vice-president of the ingredient solutions business at MGP Ingredients, Inc., has been named an officer of the Atchison-based company.

Mr. Coffey joined MGPI in July 2007 as vice-president of innovation. He was promoted to his current position this past June. Before joining MGPI he spent many years with the Dow Chemical Co., including as research leader of technical service and development and business manager of Dow Food Stabilizers for North America.

"`Since joining MGPI 15 months ago, Don has demonstrated exceptional vision, business acumen and enthusiasm," said Tim Newkirk, president and chief executive officer. "His strong leadership and bias for action have enabled us to accelerate critical initiatives in our research and commercialization activities. Don’s strong technology background and general management skills are essential to implementing our ingredient strategy of developing innovation-based partnerships with our customers. I also look forward to his continued strong contributions in this business segment and on our executive leadership team."

Mr. Coffey received bachelor and master’s degrees in food science at the University of Massachusetts, and a doctorate in food science from Michigan State University.

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