Nov 12, 2020
Ball Creates New Leadership Position, Makes Senior Personnel Moves

On Nov. 12, Ball Horticultural Co. announced several senior personnel appointments to strengthen its leadership in anticipation of industry and company progress.

Anna Ball, CEO and chairman of the board for Ball, has created the new position of president within Ball Horticultural Co. and has appointed Al Davidson to this post. Davidson will conduct the day-to-day management of the company, including taking reports of key executive managers, and supervising goal strategies among the leading Ball business entities.

Al Davidson

Davidson has been with the company for 33 years in his roles as sales manager at Ball Seed, director of supplier relations and president of Ball FloraPlant. Most recently he’s held the position of president of Ball Seed, where distribution has grown, strengthened and gained market share.

“Al has proven he can ‘run to the hard stuff’ and succeed,” says Anna Ball. “Now as president of Ball Horticultural Co. he will continue his strong leadership, and the companies he manages will flourish.”

With Davidson in this newly created role, Ball says she will be able to devote more time to strategy, resource allocation and industry relations. As CEO and chairman, she can direct the future of the company, and maintain and strengthen its culture and core values.

“We are in extraordinary times and have huge opportunities to grow as a company,” says Ball. “Demand for our industry is on the rise and it is up to us to create excitement and deliver fantastic service and products. I believe these moves fortify our company structure and prepare us to take on the wonderful future that is before us.”

“I am thrilled to begin this new role and lead Ball Horticultural Co. into the future,” Davidson says. “It is a privilege to work for such a strong company with top-performing and dedicated employees. With them we are well-prepared to grasp the opportunities and growth we face as an industry.”

As Davidson takes on his new role, several other personnel moves also were announced.  Alan Rouse has been appointed as the new president of Ball Seed. He has been corporate CFO since 2017, where he oversaw the finance team, Ball IT, human resources and seed operations.

Moving into the CFO role is Jacco Kuipers, who is celebrating 25 years with Ball and most recently was general manager of Darwin Perennials.

Karl Batschke has been named general manager of Darwin Perennials. Another strong performer within Ball over the past 15 years, he has built an outstanding product pipeline for the perennial business, and has built strong relationships with employees, customers and sales teams.

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