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Founding Lyons Family

Dr. Pearse Lyons

Dr. Pearse Lyons

Founder and President

With his experience in brewing and his specialist knowledge of yeast fermentation, Dr. Pearse Lyons saw an opportunity to improve agriculture around the world when he moved to the U.S. with his young family in the 1970s. In 1980, he founded Alltech w… Read More

Deirdre Lyons

Deirdre Lyons

Co-Founder & Director of Corporate Image and Design

Deirdre Lyons was born in Dublin, Ireland, and graduated with a degree in hotel management from St. Mary’s College, University College Dublin, in 1970. In 1977, Deirdre moved to Kentucky with her husband, Dr. Pearse Lyons, and their two small childre… Read More

Dr. Mark Lyons

Dr. Mark Lyons

Global Vice President & Head of Greater China

Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China at Alltech, received his undergraduate degree in political science and environmental science in 1999 from the University of Chicago. He received his master’s degree in brewing and distil… Read More

Dr. Aoife Lyons

Dr. Aoife Lyons

Director of Educational Initiatives and Engagement

Dr. Aoife Lyons received her doctorate in clinical psychology from DePaul University in 2001. After successfully running her own private practice clinic in Chicago for over 10 years, she returned to Ireland in 2012 to direct Alltech’s educational ini… Read More

Executive Leadership

Alric Blake

Alric Blake

CEO

In 2016, Dr. Pearse Lyons, the president and founder of Alltech, appointed Alric Blake the CEO of Alltech with responsibility for leading the commercial growth and management of Alltech's business. Blake has been charged by Dr. Lyons to deliver on th… Read More

E. Michael Castle II

E. Michael Castle II

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer;
CEO of the Alltech Feed Division

E. Michael Castle II is executive vice president and chief operating officer at Alltech and the CEO of the Alltech Feed Division, which is comprised of several recently acquired companies that specialize in premixes, complete feeds, nutrition blocks,… Read More

Aidan Connolly

Aidan Connolly

Chief Innovation Officer & Vice President, Corporate Accounts

Aidan Connolly is Alltech’s chief innovation officer and vice president of corporate accounts. Responsible for the commercialization of Alltech’s global research in addition to the company’s corporate account strategy, his expertise is in branding, a… Read More

Dr. Marc Larousse

Dr. Marc Larousse

Vice President of Business Development

Dr. Marc Larousse graduated from the National Veterinary School of Maisons Alfort in Paris, France. He further pursued his studies by completing an MBA at the Groupe HEC, France, in 1993. He began his career with Alltech in 1993 as director of Allte… Read More

Dr. Karl Dawson

Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Karl Dawson is the vice president and chief scientific officer at Alltech and directs activities at the company’s bioscience centers around the world, including Alltech’s Center for Animal Nutrigenomics and Applied Animal Nutrition, where he… Read More

Ronan Power

Dr. Ronan Power

Vice President of Alltech Life Sciences

Dr. Ronan Power received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the National University of Ireland. Following this, he completed his post-doctoral training in cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texa… Read More

Nathan Hohman

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the North America Feed Division

Nathan Hohman is vice president and chief financial officer of Alltech, specifically focused on the profitability of the company’s North America-based feed company acquisitions. Hohman has been involved with Alltech since its inception in 1980 a… Read More

Nick Smit

Vice President of Africa and the Middle East

Nick Smit grew up on a dairy and crop farm on the west coast of South Africa, and attended Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where he received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture, and the University of Guelph in Canada. Smit then went on… Read More

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Vice President of Asia-Pacific

Matthew Smith began his working career on a dairy farm in the United Kingdom before graduating in business law from Coventry University and the College of Law, Chester. Working in the feed industry for more than 20 years, 15 of which have been with A… Read More

Patrick Charlton

Patrick Charlton

Vice President at Alltech; CEO of Coppens International

Patrick Charlton is vice president at Alltech and CEO of Coppens International, a specialist aquaculture feeds company, which was acquired by Alltech in 2016. Before joining Coppens International, Charlton oversaw the activity of 32 Alltech offices… Read More