Donald W. Mabe Jr. has been named president and COO of American Proteins Inc. effective Nov. 1.
Mabe is a poultry industry veteran, having begun his career with J-M Farms in Gainesville in 1975.
He joined Gold Kist Poultry in 1978 as hatchery manager and in 1998 became vice president of operations, a position he held until Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. acquired Gold Kist in January 2007.
In January 2009, he left Pilgrim’s Pride to become vice president of sales at Aviagen Inc., where he was responsible for North American sales.
“We are very fortunate to have Don join American Proteins,” said Tommy Bagwell, company chairman and CEO.
“His many years of poultry industry experience and his professional management skills will strengthen our team. His knowledge of the business and familiarity with the people we serve will make him a quick study in our protein conversion business.”
American Proteins is a poultry protein and lipids conversion operation, annually producing more than 750,000 tons of pet food and feed grade poultry protein meal, pet food and feed grade poultry fat and feather meal.
Mabe received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Emory University and later attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program while at Gold Kist Poultry.
He has served with several poultry industry organizations, including as: chairman of the South Carolina Poultry Federation from 1993-94; chairman of the Georgia Poultry Federation, 2001-02; chairman of the Georgia Poultry Processors Association, 2007; and a member of the board of directors of the National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.
Mabe and his wife, Julie, live in Norcross and are members of Simpsonwood United Methodist Church. They have two married children.
Their son, Matt, is a certified public accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Melbourne, Australia. Their daughter, Laura, is in her third year of medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.