WICHITA, KS, Aug 31, 2006 – Galen Myers, President of BG Products, Inc., announced the hiring of Dr. Aidan O. Dunleavy as Vice President and Managing Director for International Trade Operations effective September 1, 2006. Dunleavy retired as President and CEO of Newman University in Wichita, Kansas in June of this year, having led the university to significant growth and a highly successful financial turn-around.
Dunleavy will have responsibility for BG Products’ export business, which has experienced a remarkable 248% increase in sales over the last five years. BG currently exports to numerous countries throughout Europe, Asia and South America and was awarded Kansas Exporter of the Year in 2005 by Governor Sebelius.
Dunleavy has over 20 years leadership experience in higher education, including an extensive background in international programming. He has also served as a senior engineering analyst and marketing specialist with the Lockheed-Georgia Company, where he was appointed as engineering lecturer and recognized for his logistics research in support of the United States Air Force.
Myers noted this appointment is another significant step in the strategic development of BG Products. “We continue to experience record growth and the development of a dedicated international team is something our senior management and Board of Directors has been considering for some time,” said Myers.
“We are delighted to welcome Aidan to the BG family. He brings proven leadership, communication and strategic planning skills, and his broad business and international experience will compliment our senior management team as we continue to open new markets for Kansas made products,” added Myers.