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Itafos announces management change

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Itafos has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed G. David Delaney as its new CEO. Mr Delaney has been serving as a member of the company’s Board of Directors since 6 February 2017 and will continue in this role. Mr Delaney succeeds Dr Mhamed Ibnabdeljalil, who has served as CEO since 16 May 2019.

Mr Delaney is a senior executive with over 30 years’ experience in leadership roles within the fertilizer and agricultural sectors. He previously served as Chief Commercial Officer at Farmer’s Business Network Inc., an independent network of North American farmers.

Prior to that, Mr Delaney served as a Strategic Advisor for Paine & Partners LLC (now Paine Schwartz Partners), a private equity firm that focuses on the large and growing food and agricultural sectors.

Prior to these roles, Mr Delaney was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) where he oversaw operations across the company’s business segments, spanning 16 different sites.

Earlier in his career at PotashCorp, Mr Delaney served as President of Sales and Marketing where he led the centralisation of the global sales function and had oversight of all sales, marketing, market research, transportation and distribution activities.

Prior to joining PotashCorp, Mr Delaney held various sales and product positions at Arcadian Corp. Ltd until it was acquired by PotashCorp in 1997.

Mr Delaney has served on numerous boards, including Arab Potash Co., Brandt, Farmers Business Network Inc., Orbis Health Solutions and Willard Agri-Service, and other industry boards, including Canpotex, Fluid Fertilization Association, Phosphate Chemicals Expert Association and the International Plant Nutrition Institute, and currently serves as President of the Southern Illinois University Foundation. Mr. Delaney holds a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from Southern Illinois University.

“The Board is extremely pleased to have David as CEO. David is highly respected within our industry and has been an independent director of the company for several years. His in-depth knowledge of the industry and company, combined with his collaborative leadership style and adaptability, will serve both him and the company well,” said Anthony Cina, Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.

Mr Cina added: “On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank Mhamed for his service and contributions to the company.”

Mr Delaney said: “I am very excited to join the company’s management team and its terrific employees. The company is uniquely positioned to continue serving our customers safely and reliably from our existing asset base, with improving market fundamentals representing a positive change for our current product portfolio and our future. I look forward to spearheading the company’s growth in the agricultural sector.”

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