OBX appoints operations and quality executives

Joe Keil and Chelsea Pipkin join from Medterra and GenCanna respectively

Open Book Extracts (OBX), an ingredient manufacturer and product development house for cannabinoid-enabled products, has announced the appointment of Joe Keil as COO and Chelsea Pipkin as VP of Quality Assurance.

Keil joins the company from Medterra, where he served as VP of Operations, leading its global operations, supply chain, procurement, quality, and customer care for consumer-packaged goods across retail, wholesale, and e-commerce channels.

“The growth that OBX has achieved is a testament to its vision, product excellence and execution,” Keil said. “I am excited to lead operations for this world-class team and am looking forward to building a highly scalable operational infrastructure to serve our rapidly expanding global client base.”

Pipkin is a long-serving quality professional in the food production industry. She served as VP of Quality Assurance at GenCanna, a Kentucky hemp farm that specialises in isolating CBD, and has held previous quality roles at Bunge North America and SEMO Milling. In these roles, she completed several Global Food Safety Initiative audit schemes, and led a team recommended for accreditation against IS0 17025. She holds a master’s degree focused on Masters of Natural Sciences from Southeast Missouri State University.

Pipkin said: “I look forward to building upon and strengthening that reputation by reviewing all currently established procedures and implementing process improvements, maintaining rigorous compliance with global standards, and pushing toward pharma-grade certifications such as CFR parts 210/211 and EU GMP to serve a broader swath of global clients.”

Dave Neundorfer, OBX CEO said: “The appointments of Keil and Pipkin emphasise that quality and operational excellence are core values in our system. They are joining an already successful, energetic team at the perfect time to spearhead OBX’s growth and expansion, and we are thrilled to have Keil and Pipkin here to ensure our clients receive the highest possible level of product quality and service.”

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