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432 inform July 2009, Vol. 20 (7) People News/ New officers for soyfoods association Inside AOCS The Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA), a nonprofit trade association promoting soy food consumption, has new offi- cers. Mohammed Obanni, senior director of research and develop- ment and quality assurance of Hain-Celestial Group (Melville, New Ahmed to become York, USA), has assumed the role of president. Aaron Skyberg of SK Food International (Fargo, North Dakota, USA) is vice-presi- Tate & Lyle CEO dent for the 2009–2010 term. The organization works to establish and adopt industry stan- On April 10, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper dards for soy foods and to focus on the acceptance of soy foods by reported that Tate & Lyle (London) had hired various state and federal agencies, for example, in federal nutrition a recruitment firm to search for a new chief programs. executive officer (CEO) to replace Iain Fer- guson. Ferguson had been under fire in recent months owing to disappointing company earnings. Another setback Biotechnology is that Tate & Lyle received a legal decision in April that it cannot prevent Chinese copies of its sucralose sweetener Splenda. Heritage Award to Javed Ahmed, currently head of Reckitt Benckiser’s European business, will take over from Ferguson by November 15, 2009. He Monsanto’s Fraley has been with Reckitt for 17 years. Ahmed is expected to lead Tate At the 10th annual Biotechnology Indus- & Lyle in its efforts to reduce its dependence on sugar. try Organization (BIO) convention held in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), Robert T. Fraley Codexis names vice was presented the 2009 Biotechnology Heritage Award by the Chemical Heritage Foundation and BIO on May 20. He is pres- presidents ently executive vice president and chief technology officer at the Monsanto Company (St. Louis, Missouri, USA). Codexis (Redw
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