PARIS, FRANCE — Pierre Lipatoff will join the InVivo Group on June 8 as chief executive officer of InVivo Trading, the company announced on May 26.

He will report directly to Thierry Blandinières, CEO of InVivo Group.

 Lipatoff will be responsible for the grain trading business activities in France and abroad, historically the activity of Union InVivo, the company said.

“We are very pleased to welcome Pierre Lipatoff to the InVivo Group,” Blandinières said. “We are convinced that he has all the assets required to lead the grains division and its teams, in order to develop an ever more competitive French cereal offer.”

The company said Lipatoff’s objective will be to build an ever more competitive French wheat export chain led by the cooperatives. He also will be responsible for Grains Overseas, a subsidiary of the group, 60% owned by InVivo Grains and 20% respectively by the cooperatives Axéréal and NatUp. This structure is also part of an effort to promote the French cereal sector internationally, by offering French cooperatives the means to market common wheat and feed barley to third countries.

 Lipatoff holds a degree in agricultural engineering from the Purpan engineering school and has more than 25 years of experience in trading. He has spent almost his entire career with the Cargill Group, where he began in 1995, holding a wide range of positions, including management and executive management. Lipatoff had recently joined the BZ Group as import-export director.