Open Book Extracts (OBX), a leading ingredient manufacturer and product development company for the industry’s most innovative and highest quality cannabinoid products, announced Joe’s appointment Keil as COO and Chelsea Pipkin as Vice President of Quality Assurance.
Keil joins OBX from Medterra, based in Southern California, where he served as vice president of operations, leading global operations, supply chain, purchasing, quality and customer service at Medterra for consumer packaged products through retail, wholesale and e-commerce channels in the United States, European Union, India, Japan and South America. Prior to obtaining his MBA in Supply Chain, Keil was a surface warfare officer in the US Navy and a senior instructor at the US Naval Academy.
“The growth OBX has achieved is a testament to its vision, product excellence and execution,” said Keil. “With a rapidly growing customer base and the most experienced management team in the industry, OBX is quickly becoming the go-to partner for GPCs and nutraceutical companies. I am excited to lead the operations of this world-class team and look forward to building a highly scalable operational infrastructure to serve our growing global customer base.
Pipkin is a longtime quality professional in the food production industry. Pipkin was vice president of quality assurance at GenCanna, a Kentucky hemp farm specializing in CBD isolation, and previously held quality positions at Bunge North America and SEMO Milling. In these roles, she successfully completed the Global Food Safety Initiative BRCGS and SQF audit programs, 21 CFR 110, 111 and 117, US Hemp Authority Grower and Processor, the YUM QSA and FSA brands, and led a Recommended team for accreditation under IS0 17025. She holds a master’s degree with a master’s degree in natural science from Southeast Missouri State University.
“OBX has a distinguished reputation for the highest quality products and services,” said Pipkin. “I look forward to developing and strengthening this reputation by reviewing all currently established procedures and implementing process improvements, maintaining rigorous compliance with global standards and pushing towards pharmaceutical grade certifications such as CFR 210 parts. / 211 and EU GMP to serve a wider range of global customers.
“OBX demands the highest quality products for our customers,” said Dave Neundorfer, CEO of OBX. “The appointments of Keil and Pipkin underscore that quality and operational excellence are core values of our system. They join a dynamic and already successful team at the perfect time to lead the growth and expansion of OBX, and we are delighted to have Keil and Pipkin here to ensure that our customers receive the highest possible level of product quality and on duty.
Based in Roxboro, NC, Open Book Extracts is a cGMP certified manufacturer of premium plant-based cannabinoid products, aiming to be the true north of the industry by providing premium products, exceptional service and state-of-the-art transparency. With control of the entire supply chain, a state-of-the-art mining campus near the North Carolina research triangle, proprietary refinement and conversion methods backed by a portfolio of ownership A growing intellectual and a team of senior chemists and business leaders, OBX is the trusted partner of global brands seeking to enter the market. OBX Asia, headquartered in Hong Kong, provides strategic advice and on-the-ground support to our Asian clients.
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