GELT's Responsibilities

GELT shapes our Company vision, demonstrates the values at the heart of our business, and leads our strategic planning and delivery. Our vision and values are fully embedded in the business, giving the entire Genus team a clear and compelling culture, purpose and direction.

GELT also ensures organisational alignment, engagement and efficient execution throughout the Group. This involves crucial commercial, scientific, operational and people decisions. Equally important is GELT’s stewardship of Genus’s reputation, ethical working and compliance.

To achieve its objectives, GELT focuses on the following areas:

  • corporate strategy – implementing the strategy approved by the Board to achieve sustained growth, and developing Genus as a science and intellectual property-based company;
  • performance management – driving operational results and delivery of corporate goals; ensuring core processes are reliable and efficient; regularly reviewing R&D plans; managing risk, including risk mitigation; and managing the Genus balanced scorecard, including customer equity metrics;
  • people – developing high-performing teams by rigorous selection, development and setting stretching goals, together with managing succession and nurturing talent to bring through the next generation of leaders; and
  • resources management – judiciously investing in the business for both organic and inorganic growth, including capital expenditure and human resources.

GELT’s members are set out on this page. The executives form a high-functioning, high-performing team, combining professional expertise with commercial acumen to deliver the shared strategy for the Group.

Members of GELT are as follows:

Biography PhotoKarim Bitar
Chief Executive

Skills and Experience
Karim has extensive experience of leading international, technology focused organisations. His strategic review of Genus in 2012 resulted in a new vision, strategy, structure and core values. He has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Prior to joining Genus, Karim worked for more than 15 years for Eli Lilly and Company, where he was President of Lilly Europe, Canada and Australia. An ex- McKinsey and Company consultant, he also held management roles at Johnson and Johnson, and the Dow Chemical Company. Karim is currently serving as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Spectrics plc, and is a member of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Advisory Board.

Biography PhotoStephen Wilson
Group Finance Director

Skills and Experience
Stephen has worked in France and the US and has wide-ranging experience of mergers and acquisitions, financing, strategy and investor relations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

Stephen was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Misys plc. Prior to Misys, he spent 25 years at IBM, in roles encompassing finance, business development and change programmes. He was a Non-Executive Director of Xchanging plc, where he chaired the Audit Committee until its acquisition by CSC in May 2016.

Biography PhotoDan Hartley
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Skills and Experience
Dan has significant experience in multijurisdictional patent litigation, mergers and acquisitions, patent licensing and managing product life cycles in complex areas. He holds degrees in science and law.

Dan joined Genus from Shire plc, where he was Senior Vice President and International Counsel. Dan joined Shire in 2002, after a number of years in private practice, and worked in increasingly senior and global roles in the UK and the US.

Biography PhotoDr. Bill Christianson
Chief Operating Officer, Genus PIC

Skills and Experience
Bill has spent his whole career at the intersection of agriculture and biotechnology. As a result, he brings a unique blend of deep industry knowledge and extensive commercial and global experience to Genus. He holds doctorates (DVM and PhD) in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota.

Bill has worked for the business since 1993, when he joined as Manager of Veterinary R&D, based in the US. He subsequently worked in a range of operational roles spanning Europe, South America and the US, before being appointed as General Manager of PIC North America in 2007. He led the combined ABS and PIC business across the Americas from 2010, before becoming Chief Operating Officer of Genus PIC in 2012.

Biography PhotoDr. Nate Zwald
Chief Operating Officer, Genus ABS Dairy

Skills and Experience
Nate brings deep dairy genetics expertise, a strong commercial focus and a passion for people development. He grew up on the Bomaz family dairy farm in the U.S., which has produced some of the high ranking industry and ABS sires, before studying at the University of Wisconsin. Here, he obtained a degree in Dairy Science, an MBA and a PhD (focused on the genetic evaluation of health traits in dairy cattle).

Nate joined Genus on 1st January 2017 as the COO for ABS Dairy, following fifteen years with Alta Genetics working in US and global roles. These included being Alta’s Advantage Program Manager, in which he redesigned progeny testing in partner herds. For his final ten years with the company, Nate led Alta’s successful U.S. business as General Manager. Extremely well networked in the dairy industry, Nate sits on the Board of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) and is Vice President of the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB).

Biography PhotoJerry Thompson
Chief Operating Officer, Genus Asia

Skills and Experience
Jerry is a natural entrepreneur and has brought his deep industry knowledge, commercial skills and international experience to develop the business in countries as diverse as the UK, Russia and China. He has helped the Company establish and grow its business in new markets, particularly those in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia.

Jerry has worked for PIC and subsequently Genus for more than 20 years. He joined as a graduate in the UK, subsequently working in both Siberia and Romania before taking on leadership of PIC in Central and Eastern Europe. In the following years, he led PIC Europe before becoming Regional Director for PIC and ABS in Russia & Asia Pacific and subsequently Chief Operating Officer for Genus Asia. In July 2016, he became Chief Operating Officer for Genus ABS Beef.

Biography PhotoDr. Jonathan Lightner
Chief R&D and Scientific Officer

Skills and Experience
Jonathan is a world-renowned quantitative molecular geneticist with expertise spanning inter-related fields such as molecular biology, analytical chemistry and ‘omic’ technologies. He also has extensive regulatory and commercial experience. He holds a Masters in Systems Engineering from Iowa State, an MBA from the University of Iowa and a Doctorate in Plant Physiology from the Institute of Biological Chemistry at Washington State University.

Jonathan joined Genus in 2013 from Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc, a DuPont business, where he led a global team focused on genetic solutions to enhance agricultural productivity. His other leadership roles with DuPont Pioneer included Senior Research Director for Trait Characterization within Hi-Bred International. Jonathan’s previous experience included three years with Exelixis as Director of Biochemical Genomics.

Biography PhotoAngelle Rosata
Group Human Resources Director

Skills and Experience
Angelle brings deep HR skills, commercial acumen and agricultural sector knowledge to the role of Group HR Director. She has broad expertise in resourcing, talent and succession, leadership development, performance management and Health & Safety. Her strategic planning skills, coupled with a pragmatic approach, help to align the company’s people agenda with current and evolving business needs. Angelle holds a Masters in Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University.

Angelle joined Genus PIC in September 2013 as Global HR Director, following more than 20 years as an HR executive in the healthcare sector. While in her role with PIC, she developed and delivered the global PIC people strategy, focused on strengthening sales capabilities through the PIC Sales Academy, talent/succession planning and performance management. In October 2016, she was appointed as Global HR Director for Genus ABS where she rapidly took steps to resource the business growth within IVB and ABS, nurture high performing teams and enhance training programmes. Angelle was appointed to Group HR Director and became part of the Genus Executive Leadership Team (GELT) on 1 July 2017.

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