Executive Team

John Adent

CEO and President

John joined Neogen® as Chief Executive Officer in 2017, bringing years of experience in both Food and Animal Safety. He’s worked around the world, from the fruit farm in Southwest Michigan from which he hails to Hungary, the Philippines, Spain and China. Prior to joining Neogen, he served as CEO of Animal Health International. After the company was acquired by Patterson, John continued as CEO of Patterson Animal Health. He has also held management responsibilities for Ralston Purina Company and its spin-off division, Agribrands. Under his leadership as CEO and President, Neogen continues to grow around the world.

Robert Donofrio, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Rob came to Neogen in 2016, bringing with him years of experience working strategically with academia, industry, and regulatory bodies at NSF International. He took on the role of Vice President of Food Safety Research & Development in 2018 and was named Chief Scientific Officer in 2022. His knowledge of multiple disciplines of science aids greatly in our food and animal safety research activities around the world.

Jerome Hagedorn

Vice President, Food Safety Operations

In 2018, Jerome came on board as Neogen’s Vice President of Food Safety Operations, overseeing the manufacturing, supply chain, shipping, warehousing, production engineering, and quality systems of our Food Safety business, headquartered in Lansing, Michigan. Jerome has years of international management experience of manufacturing and related areas from his time at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Bayer Healthcare, Invensys, and Siemens Electronic Components, and is now responsible for all North American operations.

Doug Hopek

Senior Director and Head of Corporate Development

Doug joined Neogen in 2019 to lead corporate development and strategy across the global enterprise. In this position, he is responsible for heading all facets of M&A, Corporate Ventures, and strategic initiatives collaboratively with the leadership team. Prior to Neogen, Doug was an investment banker and strategic advisor to public and private corporate Boards and management for nearly 25, years covering M&A, strategy, and capital markets. He held senior banker roles at such firms as Stifel Financial, KPMG Corporate Finance, Wells Fargo, RBC Capital Markets, and First Analysis, amongst others.

Doug Jones

Chief Operating Officer

Doug joined Neogen in August 2020 in the newly created position of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), and in April 2022 was named Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, he is responsible for Neogen’s worldwide revenues and operations. Doug joins Neogen after nearly five years as president of Patterson Veterinary Supply’s Companion Animal Group. He joined Patterson after spending seven years with Merial North America, where he last served as President of Merial North America.

Jason Lilly, Ph.D.

Vice President, International Business

A Neogen team member since 2005, Jason was appointed Vice President of International Business in 2019 after serving for many years as Vice President of Corporate Development, where he led more than 30 acquisitions on a global basis. He leads the international Neogen teams and is responsible for global growth and customer success. In April 2022, Jason assumed management of Neogen’s North American Genomics operations, having successfully overseen four genomics laboratories outside of North America.

Julie Mann

Chief Human Resources Officer

Julie joined Neogen in 2016 as Director of Human Resources, and in 2020 was named Chief Human Resources Officer. Her responsibilities include elevating the importance of people-focused programs and initiatives for Neogen’s more than 2,000 global employees. Prior to joining Neogen, Julie had extensive HR experience at Holland Corporation, Herman Miller, Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, Bowe Bell & Howell, and others.

David Naemura

Chief Financial Officer

David joined Neogen in 2022, bringing his experience as an operationally oriented CFO in public company environments. Prior to Neogen, David was the Chief Financial Officer of Vontier Corporation, where he played an instrumental role in the company’s separation and launch as an independent public company. Earlier, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Gates Industrial Corporation and as a group Chief Financial Officer for Danaher Corporation.

Amy Rocklin, Ph.D.

Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Corporate Secretary

Amy joined Neogen in March 2021 as VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and was named Chief Legal and Compliance Officer in September 2022. Amy is responsible for all legal, compliance, and regulatory matters for Neogen, counsels the Board of Directors, and leads Neogen’s ESG activities. Amy joined Neogen from Corning Incorporated, where she was Division VP, Corporate Law. During her nearly ten years with Corning, Amy held many leadership positions in Corning’s Law Department. Before Corning, Amy held positions at Smiths Group plc and was in private practice at the law firm of Foley & Larder.

Board of Directors

Jim Borel

Board Chair, Director Since 2016

James C. (Jim) Borel brings over 40 years of experience in the agriculture and food industry to the board, with extensive international experience, including three assignments abroad and responsibilities extending beyond the United States for over 25 years. He retired in 2016 from DuPont, where he was formerly Executive Vice President and a member of the company’s Office of the Chief Executive, with responsibility for the agriculture and food ingredients businesses of DuPont as well as the corporate functions of Sustainability and Government Affairs. Mr. Borel is a member of multiple boards of directors, serves on the board of advisors for Sajjan India, Ltd., and is a member of the board of trustees at the University of Delaware and the Alpha Gamma Ro Educational Foundation. Mr. Borel is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow, demonstrating his commitment to the highest standards of boardroom excellence.

John Adent

Director Since 2018

John E. Adent joined the Company as Chief Executive Officer in July 2017 and was named President on September 22, 2017. Mr. Adent brings extensive experience in international food and animal safety to the Board, previously serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Animal Health International, Inc., formerly known as Lextron, Inc. Mr. Adent began his career with management responsibilities for Ralston Purina Company, developing animal feed manufacturing and sales operations in China and the Philippines, continuing his management role in the European division in Spain and Hungary when Ralston Purina spun off that business to Agribrands.

Dr. William T. Boehm, Ph.D.

Director Since 2011

Dr. William T. Boehm, Ph.D. is a retired Senior Vice President of The Kroger Co. and former Senior Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors under Presidents Carter and Reagan. Dr. Boehm joined The Kroger Co. in 1981 as Director of Economic Research and held positions of increasing responsibility with that company until his retirement in 2008. He has previously served on the board of Greatwide Logistics and currently serves on the boards of FLM Harvest and GLK Foods. He remains active in professional associations and academia. Dr. Boehm’s wealth of experience in agriculture and virtually all aspects of the food service industry make him well qualified to serve on the Board.

Jeff Capello

Director Since 2022

Jeff Capello is a senior finance executive with over 30 years of experience helping companies create significant value for their shareholders. He served as the Chief Financial Officer for publicly held and private equity-backed companies, including PerkinElmer, Boston Scientific, Ortho Clinical Diagnostic, Beacon Health Options, and Biogen. Jeff also served on the Board of Directors for several early-stage publicly held biotechnology companies as Audit Committee Chair, including Sirtris, OvaScience, and Flex Pharma. He currently is the Managing Member at Monomoy Advisors, a financial advisory firm that provides counsel to senior leadership on shareholder value creation strategies.

Dr. Ronald D. Green, Ph.D.

Director Since 2014

Dr. Ronald D. Green, Ph.D. is the current Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to that appointment, he was the Harlan Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Nebraska system. Dr. Green brings experience in genomics and animal production research to the Board, previously serving as senior global director of technical services at Pfizer Animal Health’s animal genomics business, a national program leader for the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, and the executive secretary of the White House’s interagency working group on animal genomics. Dr. Green is a current fellow and past president of the American Society of Animal Science (“ASAS”), and has previously held leadership positions with the National Block and Bridle Club, U.S. Beef Improvement Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, Federated Animal Science Societies, and the National Research Council.

Aashima Gupta

Director Since 2022

Aashima Gupta is a strategic global leader with over 25 years of experience working at the intersection of health and technology, with extensive experience in complex, large-scale enterprise environments. She worked in technology development across a number of organizations, including NIIT, Fidelity Investments, J.P. Morgan Chase, Apigee, and Kaiser Permanente. She joined Google in 2017 and serves as the Global Director for Healthcare Provider Solutions at Google Cloud. Aashima serves on the Board of Directors for HL7.org, IntelyCare, and the Board of Advisors for HIMSS NA. In 2019, she was recognized as the Most Influential Women in Healthcare by HIMSS and received the Top 100 FEMTech Award and Champion of Health Award.

Ralph A. Rodriguez

Director Since 2020

Ralph A. Rodriguez is currently an executive-in-residence at Summit Partners, a global private equity firm based in Boston, Mass. His extensive technological knowledge and experience bring significant value to the Board, currently working with Summit’s technology team to identify new investment opportunities within growth-stage technology companies. Mr. Rodriguez has been involved with many notable technology companies, including Facebook and Confirm.io, is the founder of several technology companies. He is the longest-serving SAP Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he currently serves on the Boards of Corvium and Strategic Cyber Ventures. Mr. Rodriguez has previously served as a director at the Academy of Applied Science, Veramark Technologies, and the Technology Expense Management Industry Association. He is a U.S. Army intelligence veteran of the Persian Gulf War, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as a holder of 20 U.S. patents and international patent applications.

James P. Tobin

Director Since 2016

James P. Tobin began his career in 1983 and spent more than 31 years with Monsanto, holding leadership roles across the company. Prior to his retirement in 2014, he held the role of Vice President, Industry Affairs. Mr. Tobin brings an extensive knowledge of the agricultural industry and business acumen to the Board, previously working to advance agriculture as Chairman of the American Seed Trade Organization and supporting youth in agriculture through his work with the Missouri and National 4-H Foundations. He formerly sat on the boards of the U.S. Grain Council and served as chairman of the FarmHouse Fraternity Foundation. Mr. Tobin is currently a member of the Farm Foundation Roundtable, Governor for Iowa State University Foundation, and serves as a managing director of The Yield Lab II.

Darci L. Vetter

Director Since 2017

Darci L. Vetter currently holds the role of Global Head, Policy and Government Relations at the Nature Conservancy. Her experience in international trade and agriculture brings significant value to the Board, having previously served as the General Manager and Vice-Chair for Food, Agriculture and Trade at Edelman, a Diplomat in Residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and held the position of Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative. Ms. Vetter served as Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture and was on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Prior to her work in the Senate, Ms. Vetter held numerous roles at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, working on environmental and agricultural issues.

Dr. Catherine Woteki, Ph.D.

Director Since 2020

Dr. Catherine Woteki, Ph.D. brings experience in regulatory science and science policy to the Board, currently holding positions as Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University and Visiting Distinguished Institute Professor in the Biocomplexity Institute of the University of Virginia. She served as Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. Dr. Woteki served as Global Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for Mars, Incorporated, was Dean of Agriculture and head of the Agricultural Experiment Station at Iowa State University, and served as the first Under Secretary for Food Safety at the USDA. She is currently a member of the National Academy of Medicine and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Nutrition.