JVL News
MSAB Capital, a New Business Venture

by: Kayla Engelhardt
The Stayer family has created a new business venture that will help Johnsonville generate more revenue from our harvest operations. It is called MSAB Capital, a venture fund that invests in early stage companies in the life sciences and emerging technologies industries.

Kevin Ladwig has accepted the role of President of MSAB Capital. In this role, Kevin will be responsible for identifying and leading the companies that will be part of the venture fund. Kevin’s technical expertise and business acumen make him a perfect fit for the position. However, he will be missed as the leader of Johnsonville’s Sourcing and Technical teams. He has been a proven thought-leader throughout his 30+ years at Johnsonville. He is also a Johnsonville Way role model and wonderful example of our culture.

With Kevin transitioning to this new role, Kevin Addesso will move into the role of Senior Director of Research and Development and Food Safety Quality. Jose Rojo will move into the role of Senior Director of Sourcing. Both Kevin and Jose will be joining Johnsonville’s Strategy Team.

Kevin Addesso currently leads the R&D team. During his tenure at Johnsonville, he has advanced our technical capabilities tremendously. He also has a wonderful track record of building great teams, and initiated the annual R&D Symposium to create a stronger technical community at Johnsonville.

Jose Rojo joined Johnsonville three years ago and has since led the restructuring of our procurement strategy. Thanks to his leadership, we have increased productivity metrics and reduced our cost of goods sold. He has also strengthened our animal welfare practice.

Congrats to Kevin, Kevin and Jose!