The Oat Tech Board of Directors held its annual meeting here on May 15 at the Adoba Eco Hotel Rapid City/Mt. Rushmore in Rapid City, S.D., adding two new board members, David W. Rogers and Jeff Grogg. Oat Tech, founded by Paul J. Whalen, Ph.D., is the maker of OatSweet, a new natural sweetener made from oats and suitable for a wide range of applications in foods and beverages.
As former CEO of Cargill’s Europe division and senior vice-president of the company, Rogers brings 35 years of experience to the Oat Tech board, with expertise in commodity risk, sourcing, shipping and trading globally, and investing in infrastructure to support these activities at both origin and destination.
Grogg is the owner and founder of JPG Resources, a food consulting business, and was a founder and member of the leadership team for Bridgetown Natural Foods, a Portland, Ore.-based manufacturer of nutritional bars and granola. Grogg was formerly with Kellogg, where he led product development teams for Kashi, Bear Naked, Stretch Island, and Kellogg Health & Wellness. He served on the executive leadership team for these business units and was heavily involved in innovation and acquisition activities.
Rogers and Grogg join Paul J. Whalen, Timothy Whalen, Robert North, and Rick Williams, president of Oat Tech, on the board. “Oat Tech is incredibly pleased and proud to have David Rogers and Jeff Grogg join our board,” says Paul J. Whalen. “Each has a phenomenal track record of leadership and innovation, and together they add formidable expertise to our company’s team. OatSweet is off to a great start with its recent launch in the ingredients market and we see tremendous potential for expansion and success.”