CEO change at Paine Schwartz food safety platform

Brad Riemenapp will replace Ken Ross at the helm of Global ID as the company looks beyond GMO testing.

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Brad Riemenapp will replace Ken Ross at the helm of Global ID as the company looks beyond GMO testing.

Paine Schwartz Partners-backed Global ID has hired food safety expert Brad Riemenapp as chief executive.

Riemenapp replaces Ken Ross, who had served as the Fairfield, Iowa-headquartered company’s CEO for 11 years.

Ross said he will transition to a strategic advisory role focusing on Global ID’s supply chain management business and overseeing the company’s ongoing collaboration with the Non-GMO Project and the ProTerra Foundation.

“With Global ID entering its next phase of growth, both by adding new food safety services and scale in international operations, I believe that now is the right time for the company to make this planned leadership transition,” he added.

Paine acquired Global ID in October, using capital from its $893 million Paine Schwartz Food Chain Fund IV, which closed in early 2015.

Global ID provides a variety of food safety and quality testing, inspection, certification and consulting services to more than 15,000 customers in more than 100 countries. Last month, the company acquired Brazilian food safety lab Analitus Analises Biotechnical for an undisclosed price.

Riemenapp joins Global ID from Covance, a Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered drug development business, where he led the company’s Food Solutions Division and served as global vice-president and general manager for seven years. Previously, he spent 13 years at publicly-listed consumer goods provider Kimberly Clark, where he held a variety of positions before spending two years as director of strategy and leaving the company in 2010.

Ross told Agri Investor that Covance’s food safety business had tripled in size under Riemenapp’s leadership.

“He has deep knowledge and experience in the food testing arena, which is an important part of our business, but his experience is in a much broader portion of that sector,” Ross said. “Our focus has been on GMO testing, with a smattering of other things, but Brad has very, very broad experience in the food safety testing business.”

Ross added that his own role within Global ID’s supply chain subsidiary Food Chain ID will focus largely on the development of software, which he said has become an increasingly central part of the unit’s business.