Kathryn Carruth has been hired as the new Executive Director of the American National CattleWomen, Inc., the group has announced.
Curruth is relocating to Denver from England where she has just completed her Masters in International Rural Development: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security at Royal Agricultural University. She also has a Bachelors of Science from Texas Tech University in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications, with a minor in Classical Ballet.
Carruth brings a tremendous skillset with experience as a former TV reporter and public relations professional for multiple philanthropic organizations, ANCW said. Carruth's first day was Nov. 17.
"I'm proud to work with the women who bring safe nutritious and delicious beef to American's tables. I believe there are three key areas we as CattleWomen need to concentrate on in the years ahead – strategic business planning, communicating what livestock production really is to consumers and recognizing and advocating for family farms and the value they provide the food chain," she said.
"American National CattleWomen are proud of their operations and I'm proud to help promote them and help bring this industry the respect and recognition it deserves."
Coming from a beef background, Carruth said one of her fondest childhood memories is going along with her father to compete in cattle shows.
"Generally, we as consumers don't think about the whole process of production – all of the work that goes on behind it. We need associations such as American National CattleWomen to support the hard working people who deliver delicious and versatile beef for America's families," she said.
Patti Buck, President of ANCW, commented on Carruth's selection. "Kathryn is a leader who understands the value of a volunteer and the need for a strong strategic vision for our grassroots CattleWomen membership organization," she said.
"We're confident in her ability to lead ANCW into the future, driving beef demand across the country and developing women who are passionate about the beef business."