Cobb looks to the future and appoints Joyce J. Lee, former director of animal health for Elanco and Pfizer, as president


Lee was honored with Price Plume in his cap in 2018 and named one of Kansas City’s 250 Most Influential People by Ingram’s Magazine in 2018 and 2019.

“I entered the poultry industry exactly 15 years ago and am delighted to return to an industry full of passionate people with a common mission,” said Lee. “As the foundation of the poultry supply chain, Cobb plays a vital role in helping feed the world with healthy, sustainable and affordable chicken. I am honored to be part of the industry that is making a significant difference in our society.

Lee joined Elanco upon its acquisition of Bayer Animal Health in 2020. At Bayer Animal Health, she was President of the North America segment and achieved significant growth in its business operations, exceeding more than $ 750 million in sales and surpassing the growth of e-commerce. by 80%.

Lee also spent over 16 years at Zoetis, formerly known as Pfizer Animal Health, in a variety of roles including Executive Vice President and Zone President for Canada and Latin America, helping Zoetis manage their business. IPO and its spin-off from Pfizer in 2013. Pfizer, Lee led cross-functional, globally matrix and multicultural teams in more than 30 countries as Vice President of Global Poultry Health for Pfizer’s Animal Health Division and a separate human health business acquired by Pfizer.

Lee will report to David Bray, president of the Poultry group of Tyson Foods.

“We are incredibly happy to welcome Joyce to the Cobb team,” said Bray. “She is an experienced leader who cares deeply about animal health and providing service to our customers. Based on its proven track record of innovation, we are confident that it will move Cobb and the entire industry forward.

Lee currently serves on the board of directors of Balchem ​​Corporation, a global leader in the production of chlorine, nutrient encapsulation, chelated minerals and functional ingredients for animal nutrition and health. She also serves on the board of directors of Grand Street Settlement, a New York-based nonprofit community development organization.

Lee grew up in Houston, Texas, and received a BA from Baylor University, also in Houston, and an MBA from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida.

Stan Reid, named Cobb’s interim president in 2020, will continue to help support the company.

“I also want to thank Stan for his continued commitment to Cobb and his dedication as interim president,” Bray said. “We appreciate his leadership at these critical times. Cobb has a rich history, and we can’t wait to see Joyce lead this team into the next chapter. “


Boyd S. Abbott