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Alltech president and founder passes away at 73

09 Mar 2018

Alltech president and founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons. Lyons passed away on 8 March 2018 due to an acute lung condition that developed during his recovery from heart surgery. He was 73

LEXINGTON, 8 March 2018: Alltech president and founder, Dr Pearse Lyons. Lyons passed away on 8 March 2018 due to an acute lung condition that developed during his recovery from heart surgery. He was 73. 

Alric Blake, CEO and treasurer of Alltech said, “Dr. Lyons was a visionary entrepreneur who transformed the agriculture industry beginning with his innovative application of yeast technology in animal nutrition. From farm to field, from market to family dinner table, our world is immeasurably better because he was a man who never saw problems, only a challenge that had not yet been solved."

“He inspired everyone he met with his energy, enthusiasm and passionate belief in possibilities. He instilled that positivity in his people, more than 5,000 Alltech team members around the world. I am confident I speak on behalf of all of them when I say that we are deeply honored to have known and worked for such a great man. We will resolve to honor his legacy by deepening our commitment to his customers and all the innovative ideas he believed in so strongly,” Blake added.

To continue driving forward his vision for serving the agriculture industry through field-proven innovations, Dr Lyons established a clear leadership structure, including:

Dr Mark Pearse Lyons, Chairman and President
Alric A Blake, Chief Executive Officer and Treasurer
E Michael Castle II, Vice President and Secretary 

As the company’ director of corporate image and design, Mrs Deirdre Lyons will continue to further Dr Lyons’ vision for Alltech’s global presence and their shared commitment to philanthropy and community involvement. 

Dr. Mark Lyons, Pearse’s son and chairman and president of Alltech said, “He always focused on developing people, and he built an extraordinary team over the years. I know he had full confidence in his team to continue growing the company he built.

Funeral masses will be in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, on March 17 and in Dublin, Ireland, in April. A special celebration of life will be held on May 20 at the beginning of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, the company statement adds.

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