Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition is all about innovative feed additives made in Germany. Our value-orientated family business was founded by Dr Antje Eckel in Niederzissen, in the beautiful Eifel region, in 1994, where we are still firmly established. We have meanwhile gained international success. Indeed, Dr. Eckel is one of the world’s foremost companies in the sector with a specific focus on animal welfare, developing products that make animal nutrition more resource-efficient, climate-friendly and healthy. This is how we contribute to sustainable global nutrition.
Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition represents excellence, innovation and responsibility towards people, animals and the environment. Our products combine innovation and quality, which is what sets us apart. Our customers value our solutions for profitable animal nutrition. These promote animal welfare and enable our customers to achieve sustainable, long-term success. To this end, our multinational team of experts conducts research and works with specialists from around 20 different countries. This is but one of the reasons why Dr. Eckel was identified as a hidden champion by the Forschungszentrum Mittelstand (FZM), a research institute for the German Mittelstand at the University of Trier.
Every year, we invest more than 10 per cent of our revenue in innovation projects for our customers, partners and employees. These consist of new products, consolidating our digital infrastructure and sustainability projects such as replacing our current company fleet with electric vehicles, among others. And our commitment is paying off, as evidenced by the various awards we receive, including Leading Employer, TOP 100 Innovator and the ‘Innovative through Research’ seal of approval.
Confirmed by letter and seal: our quality certificates.
Management Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition
Antje Eckel, the brains behind Dr. Eckel, holds a doctorate in agricultural engineering. She established the company in 1994, creating one of the first German companies for feed additives to provide innovative, efficiency-oriented and health-promoting additives as alternatives to antibiotic growth promoters. Antje Eckel earned herself a reputation as a ‘pioneer of innovative feed additives’ and has developed the company from a small start-up to a medium-sized enterprise operating worldwide from its headquarters in Niederzissen.
Bernhard Eckel, an agronomist holding a doctorate in animal nutrition, got to know the industry from scratch. He established Dr. Eckel with Antje Eckel and was the first employee. As Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, he is responsible for technical sales, product development and animal welfare, and thus plays a major role in the success of the company.
Managing Director Thailand
Andreas Lewke, who holds a doctorate in agricultural sciences, has been at Dr. Eckel since 2011. Initially Director Asia and head of the Dr. Eckel representative office in Bangkok, Thailand, he became Managing Director of our Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition (Thailand) Co., Ltd. subsidiary in 2017. He is responsible for Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and China. Among other things, he develops relationships with sales partners and familiarises our customers with Dr. Eckel’s innovative business concepts through seminars, training courses and conferences.
Head of Global Sales
As Head of Global Sales, Alexey Dronov is responsible for the international sales team at Dr Eckel and the success of our innovative products. Born in Russia, Alexey has many years of experience in the industry and a great passion for animal health. Before joining Dr. Eckel, he worked for various companies in the PHW Group and for EW Nutrition.
Alexey is fluent in Russian, English and German. The family man has been at home on the German North Sea coast for over 25 years. In his free time, he likes to go hunting and also trains hunting dogs.
Area Sales Manager Phytogenics DACH
The graduate agricultural engineer has almost 20 years of experience in successful animal nutrition. After studying agricultural sciences at the University of Bonn, Thomas Schumacher worked for Bergophor for many years before joining the Dr. Eckel team. Here, he brings not only his extensive knowledge of the market and his winning manner, but above all his expertise in the field of phytogenes. Originally from the Eifel region, Thomas has made his home in the Siegerland region with his family. There he especially loves extensive hikes with his dog and cooking with family and friends.
Beatrice Meyer, who holds a doctorate in veterinary surgery, joined the Dr. Eckel sales team in autumn 2016. She is responsible for northern Germany and tirelessly visits and advises our customers there.
Area Manager MENA
Peter Hummel studied finance at the College of Finance and Accountancy in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, and subsequently graduated as an agricultural engineer from Kaposvár University. The native Hungarian also joined the Dr. Eckel team in 2017. The Area Manager is responsible for the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, taking care of sales and our collaboration with various regional sales partners.
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Area Manager Vietnam
A veterinarian by profession, Thuy has longstanding experience as a nutritionist as well as in distribution and sales to the Vietnamese feed industry. She also has an MBA from Bolton University. Based in her native Vietnam, the Area Manager serves and supports our clients there in all questions concerning Dr. Eckel services and products.
Sales Manager Phytogenics South Asia
Seenivasan is a zoologist by profession with special expertise in aqua and poultry. He completed his PhD from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore in 2012. Seenivasan has longstanding experience in animal nutrition as well as distribution and technical sales. As Sales Manager Phytogenics, it is his dedication to provide our customers with innovative, sustainable solutions.
Area Sales Manager Phytogenics LATAM
Alberto is a trained veterinarian and has longstanding experience in animal nutrition and sales. Based in his native Spain, as Area Manager Phytogenics for Latin America he serves and support our cusomers in all questions concerning Dr. Eckel’s innovative products and services.
Area Sales Manager Phytogenics Thailand
Chatchareeya Cheychom is a biotechnologist and marine scientist with experience in integrated farm management and nutritional feed products for terrestrial and aquatic animals and pet food. She is a graduate from Chulalongkorn University and has particularly profound knowledge in microbiology research and development of commercial aquaculture. As Areal Sales Manager Phytogenics Thailand, with her great initiative and outstanding customer focus, she contributes to moving the feed market in Thailand forward.
Sales Manager Phytogenics East Europe
Ilkin is a trained agricultural economist with extensive experience in sales, product management and market research. He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim and a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics from the State Agricultural University of Azerbaijan. Besides his native Azerbaijani, he is also fluent in Russian, Turkish and English.
As Sales Manager Phytogenics East Europe, Ilkin is responsible for Eastern Europe and the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), expanding our sales channels and caring for our customers in the area.
Passionate about anything relating to customers, Pia-Catherine was already gaining experience in business development and sales while studying at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences. Once she had earned her bachelor’s degree in SME management, she initially worked in the paper industry and subsequently joined the customer support team at Dr. Eckel in 2019. She is fluent in German and English, and also speaks French and Spanish. Pia likes to spend time with her family, planning her next city break or experimenting in the kitchen.
Cynthia studied law in Mexico and Germany and worked for various companies in Germany and abroad before joining Dr. Eckel. There she is the special contact person for the regions Latin America and Asia in Customer Support. Cynthia can also optimally contribute her experience in contract review and special projects as well as her knowledge as a trained mediator. In addition to her mother tongue Spanish, she speaks fluent German, English and French. In her free time, the mother of three loves to be outdoors, as well as travelling and discovering new countries and cultures.
A native of Azerbaijan, Nigar speaks five languages and has several years of experience in the service and tourism sectors. She did her Master’s degree in Environmental Protection and Agricultural Food Production in Stuttgart before joining Dr Eckel. Nigar likes travelling, gardening and photography.
Natalia studied economic management and most recently worked as a project manager in Bonn before joining Dr Eckel. Here, the native Belarusian is an asset to the customer support team with her many years of experience in banking and wholesale and her language skills. In addition to Belarusian and Russian, Natalia speaks fluent German and English, plays the piano and performs Kundalini yoga.
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Innovation & Products
Senior Technical Sales Manager
Anne Möddel gained valuable experience in domestic pig farming early on. After completing her training as an agronomist and her master’s degree in agricultural sciences at the University of Bonn, she worked as a pig-farming specialist at an international feed manufacturer before joining the Technical Sales Team at Dr. Eckel.
Senior Technical Manager
Elisabeth Holl, an agronomist holding a doctorate in agricultural engineering, has been at Dr. Eckel for 25 years and knows the company inside out. The Senior Technical Manager is the point of contact for a large number of our products and can provide help in a variety of matters due to her broad expert knowledge.
Technical Sales Manager
Iris Kröger had already specialised in livestock while studying veterinary medicine. She did her doctorate in the use of feed additives in cows at the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. She joined Dr. Eckel’s Technical Sales team in 2018 and speaks French in addition to German and English. Originally from Berlin, she loves nature. What she particularly likes about life in the Eifel is that she can pursue her hobby of beekeeping here.
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Technical Sales Manager
Temitope holds a Master in Agricultural science and has just completed his dissertation on the effects of ensiling conditions on the nutritional value of tropical legume forages and its utilization by cattle. Before joining the Dr. Eckel Technical Sales team, he worked as a graduate research assistant at the Institute of Animal Nutrition & Rangeland Management in the Tropics, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. In his free time, Temitope enjoys soccer, reading and travelling.
Technical Sales Manager
After completing her bachelor’s degree in biology, Rasha worked in market research before joining Dr Eckel. Here she supports the Technical Sales Team. In her private life, she is passionate about interior design and endurance sports.
Technical Sales Manager
Muhammad has a Master’s degree in Animal Nutrition from the University of Kiel. Before that, he did his DVM at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He has special experience in working with cattle and is fluent in Urdu, English and German.
As a PhD chemist, Katharina contributes her expertise and innovative ideas to the development and optimisation of products at Dr. Eckel. In her free time, she likes to cook and go on city trips.
Trainee Product Development
Diana Schmitt is a travel agent by profession and has many years’ experience as a business travel agent. She is proficient at document handling and processing applications and approvals, and tackles the most complicated of registration processes with patience and skill. In her free time, she enjoys travelling to other countries. And she’s lost her Rhenish heart to carnival.
Miriam Packwood researched equid behaviour at rest and in movement for her thesis as part of her agricultural engineering degree at the University of Bonn. She has been a member of the Dr. Eckel team since 2011, initially responsible for experimentation in Product Development before moving to Quality Management in 2017. Here, the mother of two manages registrations while tirelessly infecting others with her good mood.
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Warehouse logistics specialist
Warehouse logistics specialist
Hossein started working at Dr. Eckel in 2020 and has successfully completed his apprenticeship as warehouse logistics specialist at Dr Eckel. He loves his electric forklift truck and is always at hand when you need him.
Team Manager Purchasing & Pricing
His motto could also be “There’s always room for improvement”: As Team Manager Purchasing & Pricing, Gudrat works to always achieve the best for our customers and to constantly optimise current processes. Before joining Dr. Eckel, Gudrat studied International Economics and completed two Master’s degrees in Agricultural Economics and Bioeconomics at the University of Hohenheim. In addition to his native Azerbaijani, Gudrat speaks fluent German, English and Turkish. Gudrat, who lives in Koblenz, feels at home on the Rhine. He likes painting and fishing, cooking for friends or solving strategy games on his PC.
Purchasing & Pricing
After a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Sciences at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria, Richard did his Master’s degree in Agricultural Biotechnology at the Justus-Liuebig-University, Gießen. At Dr. Eckel, he first joined the Customer Support Team of Dr. Eckel before moving to the Purchasing Department. He is also responsible for pricing. In his free time, Richard is a passionate musician and music producer.
The trained farmer is a born doer and knows all areas of the company from an early age. In addition to his experience in the industry, he brings his customer focus and his good communication skills to bear in Purchasing and Pricing. Furthermore, Theo takes care of the sustainability projects, such as the conversion of the company’s car fleet to hybrid/electric drive. He speaks fluent German and English as well as French. In his private life, the passionate gardener and chilli grower is involved as a youth coach for SC Niederzissen and enjoys travelling with friends.
Team Manager HR
Human Resources Manager
With a smart head, an open ear and a fine intuition, Lisa is the ideal contact person for all personnel-related questions – for employees as well as for the management. Already during her studies in Trier and Dublin, she focused on human resources and psychology and gained numerous practical experiences. After completing her Master’s degree in economic sociology, she worked in HR and corporate communications in various medium-sized companies before joining Dr. Eckel in 2021. In her private life, Lisa is as active as she is communicative: she enjoys sports, hiking and mountain biking.
Office Administration Assistant
When Julia began her training as an industrial clerk at Dr. Eckel in 2006, she was the first female trainee. Ever since, it is hard to envisage the company without her. Be it in processing or assistance, Julia has everything in control … with her trademark smile. In HR, she is responsible for administration, contract preparation and the organisation of application processes, among other things. and is additionally Training Manager, responsible for Dr. Eckel trainees. Besides German and English, Julia is also fluent in Russian. The mother of two enjoys physical activities such as swimming, hiking and dancing in her valuable free time.
Ingrid is our longest serving colleague. The qualified notary’s clerk is familiar with all aspects of the company, having been at Dr. Eckel for 25 years. She started off as a management assistant responsible for order processing and moved on to purchasing. Her skills and experience are put to optimal use in business development. Here she supports the company in various projects, including organisationally in setting up the in-house production facility or in introducing new ERP software.
Marketing & E-Learning
Team Manager Marketing & E-Learning
Scientific expertise meets bold ideas; a creative mind meets a technician’s heart. Responsible for marketing and e-learning since 2020, Viktor Eckel plays a key role in positioning and shaping the future of the Dr. Eckel brand. After completing his studies in biochemistry and a physiology internship at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Viktor was awarded a PhD in technical microbiology by the Technical University of Munich. Apart from his native German, he is fluent in English and speaks French and Norwegian.
The father of two now lives in his new (former) home in the Ahr valley. He only misses living in Munich when it comes to climbing: rather than in the Alps, the passionate mountaineer and climbing wall supervisor now often spends his free time in the Eifel or the nearby vineyards. When time permits, he enjoys sharing his love for cooking and craft beer with family and friends.
Anne-Kathrin Blässe holds a doctorate in biology and is a rabbit-breeding expert. She first started working in Product Management in 2012, then soon joined our Marketing Department. Trade fairs and events are her speciality. She is the creative force behind our popular giveaways and marketing campaigns.
PR & Communications Manager
Andrea Dietrich spent several years editing popular non-fiction books, ensuring excellent text and clear and comprehensible messages. She holds a master’s degree in book studies, history and English philology from Mainz University, and became a lifelong Scotland fan while studying in Edinburgh. As PR and Communications Manager, the mother of a little daughter is responsible for editing, polishing and refining texts, as well as organising events.
Daniel Sandoval Castillo
Daniel Sandoval Castillo is the creative mind behind Dr. Eckel on social media. In addition to his degree in marketing, the native Mexican has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religious studies. In his free time, the father-to-be loves endurance sports and travelling. Besides his native Spanish, he speaks fluent English and is working on his German skills.
Team Manager Finance & Accounting
Harald is a qualified accountant and, as Team Leader Finance & Accounting, the dormant pool in the accounting department. The family man speaks German and English, enjoys riding his motorbike, hiking and loves theme parks.
Finance & Accounting
With her experience and comprehensive knowledge, Sabine Felten has been a tower of strength for her colleagues at Dr. Eckel for almost 20 years. The qualified assistant tax advisor and accountant does not easily get in a fluster, even on hectic days. She replenishes her Rhenish cheerful nature with long walks with her two dogs.
Accounting & Controlling
Laura Degen joined Dr. Eckel in 2007, after training as an industrial clerk. She is currently responsible for technical and integrative accounting, cost accounting and controlling. While working, the mother of two completed her further training as a financial accountant and a data protection officer. What she loves most about her home town Niederzissen is the people, carnival and her garden, which she tends with the meticulousness and care she applies to her lists of numbers.
Errors don’t stand a chance with her. At Dr. Eckel, Margit Heuser is responsible for invoice verification, accounts receivable and accounts payable. The qualified office communication specialist previously spent more than 20 years working in the finance department of a large winegrower. Apart from engaging in physical activities in her free time, the mother of two also enjoys riding her e-bike to work.
Team Manager Executive Office
Rose-Marie Corbin Osterholz is a qualified translator and the Good Samaritan of the company, and has been at Dr. Eckel since 2003. The Frenchwoman is an organisational wizard and puts her talent to good use as Office Manager, planning and managing customer and company events, and organising business trips.
She is the organisational marvel at our office in Bangkok. Rissara dedicated most of her professional career to project and organisation management in business and administration. She also has worked with projects in the food and health sector. As Administration Assistant in our Bangkok office, Rissara competently cares for deadlines, appointments, accounts, contact to Thai authorities and anything else that demands a firm hand, sharp eye and organisational mind. She holds a Bachelor in German, English and History and an MBA in Global Entrepreneurship. In addition to her native Thai, Rissara speaks English, German and Japanese. If she finds the time, she enjoys trekking, gardening and reading.
Trainee Office communication
Mimoza really has her heart in the right place and is untiring in ensuring that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes and that guests do not lack anything. The professional childcarer settled in Germany after leaving Kosovo in 2006. The mother of three likes to spend her free time doing handicrafts, hiking, reading or cooking.
Sonja is a qualified interpreter and fluent in French and English. In the Executive Office, the mother of two is primarily responsible for the organisation of the management and has everything from coordination to communication securely under control.
IT Support Specialist
Her job title could just as well be “knight in shining armour”. As an IT Support Specialist, Victoria can put her enthusiasm for technology and her cool logic to optimal use. The trained industrial clerk is also energetically on hand wherever she is needed. Born in Cologne, she has found a new home in the Eifel region, learns Japanese on the side and enjoys screwing on computers and her first role-playing game in her free time.
Martin Lind obtained his Master of Science from the University of Mainz and trained further as Quality Manager. The biomedical scientist specialised in immunology and genetics, and wrote his thesis on the effect of oxidative stress on cells. He employs his knowledge and a keen eye for detail for excellent quality management at Dr. Eckel. In his free time, the technophile from Koblenz enjoys riding his motorcycle on the winding roads of the Westerwald and Eifel.
After his training, the qualified industrial clerk gained initial experience in purchasing and IT. In 2020, he moved to Dr. Eckel, where he was responsible for production logistics and e-learning, among other things. In quality management, he takes care of the optimal processes with heart and hand. As a passionate rock music fan, Benni loves concerts and festivals, but also reading and playing basketball.
Trainee Office Management Assistant
Trainee Industrial Business Management Assistant
Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition GmbH & Co. KG mission statement
Our respect and sense of responsibility towards humans, animals and nature are central.
What drives us
Pioneering Spirit – Responsibility – Excellence. This is our brand core. We contribute sustainably to global animal and human nutrition with our healthy solutions and responsible, first-class production.
Our respect and sense of responsibility towards humans, animals and nature are central to this. Economy, ecology and social commitment are equally important in this regard.
We contribute to shaping the future positively, and act in the interests of humans, animals and nature – globally and locally.
The continuous improvement of animal welfare and health is our top priority.
We provide our customers with powerful, healthy and innovative products, and with top-class specialist advice and service, thus contributing effectively to sustainable human nutrition.
We maintain trustful, long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with both our customers and our suppliers.
We strive to achieve healthy growth and continuous improvement, which enable us to provide secure jobs in a dynamic, challenging and success-oriented environment.
Continuing professional development and fun at work are important to us.
We are goal-oriented and highly motivated, and perceive stagnation and complacency as threats. We do not hesitate to address any necessary change.
We act responsibly towards our environment, and support our customers with resource-efficient products and innovative solutions.
We are proud of our roots. Our success is also our contribution to our region in the form of tax revenues, employment, purchasing power and knowledge.