Mr Thad Simons

Thad Simons is President and Chief Executive Officer of Novus International, Inc. Since 2001, he has led Novus in its growth into a global animal health and nutrition company with sales exceeding US $1 billion.

As President and CEO, Thad continues Novus on a path to achieving the vision of “helping to feed the world affordable, wholesome food.” Novus started out as a small B2B company with two products for the poultry industry, but Thad saw the potential to transform the organization’s global reach and impact. He established the organizational framework to develop solutions specific to new markets based on Novus’s established core technologies. His strategy was successful, and today the Novus product portfolio contains over 100 products that provide a holistic
approach to health and nutrition for livestock, pets and people.

Thad joined Novus International, Inc. in 1991 as General Counsel. In 1993 he was asked to head Human Resources and in 1995 he assumed the lead role in Business Development for the organization.

Thad is currently President-elect for the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) and will serve as President from 2013-2015. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for Novus International, Inc., the Nine Network of Public Media, Grand Center, Inc., United Way of Greater St. Louis, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis Zoo, Corporate Council on Africa, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, and ESM Technologies. He is a member of the Missouri and Georgia Bars.

Thad’s awards and recognitions include: International Businessperson of the Year, World Trade Center of St. Louis, 2001; International Visionary Award, Boeing Institute of International Business, 2007; Heroes of the Planet Award, St. Louis Business Journal, 2009; Entrepreneur of the Year, Central Midwest-Bioscience, Ernst & Young, 2010; Entrepreneur of the Year, National Distribution and Manufacturing, Ernst & Young, 2010; and Agribusiness Leader of the Year, National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), 2013