Richard Kennedy, CEO, Devenish
Richard Kennedy’s deep-rooted love for agriculture began at age 7 when he began helping out at his family’s livestock market. Eager to continue the family tradition, in 1997 he brought a stake in Devenish, a small animal feed company with just 23 employees. Under Richard’s leadership, the company has grown rapidly. It now has a 700-strong international workforce and a presence in more than 30 countries.
The company makes premixed and specialty feed for pigs, poultry, cattle, sheep, horses and dogs. Richard has taken a unique approach to how this is done, placing R&D and technology at the heart of what was a traditional feed business. One of Devenish’s breakthrough products was the world’s first chicken enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, demonstrating the company’s use of technology to improve nutrients in food.
Richard wants to keep expanding internationally and has recently secured funding worth US$135m to enable further growth. His commitment to the business runs deep. “Devenish has flowed in my veins over the last 20 years, and it’s as much a part of me as I am part of it,” he says.