WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has appointed Ronnie Tan as regional aquaculture consultant for Southeast Asia.

In this role, Tan will expand the USGC’s work to develop and target technical education and trade servicing programs related to the region’s growing aquaculture industry.

“An aquaculturist by training, Ronnie has more than 35 years of experience in international marketing, supply chain and general management in multinational chemical and feed companies,” said Manuel Sanchez, USGC regional director for Southeast Asia. “That experience will help the Council expand work to ensure Southeast Asian end-users receive the information they need to increase the use of U.S. feed grains and co-products in their aquaculture operations.”

Prior to joining the USGC, Tan was vice-president for Blue Archipelago, an integrated shrimp enterprise in Malaysia. In this capacity, Tan was responsible for downstream operations, including sales and marketing, branding and the processing plant. Tan also was the executive director and board member at Regal Springs Group. He started his career building the aquaculture feed division in the Gold Coin Group.

Tan studied environmental biology at King’s College, University of London, and received a master of science degree in aquaculture from the University of Stirling in Scotland.