Mr. Odd has served as EVP for Morrell Agro Industries since May 2009. Prior to joining MAI, he was an Operational Senior Policy Analyst in The Executive Office of The President, The White House, where he served two Presidents. “… Selected above all others by the Executive Office of the President… extraordinary ability… consistently outperforms… Developed/coordinated complex National and International Policy issues…key liaison between the White House, Congress and various Federal/law enforcement agencies.” (From official evaluations) Additional assignments prior to joining MAI include: distinguished Air Force Officer – Chief, Systems Integration Branch; Chief, Strategic Air Defense Branch ($24 billion); Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, the Pentagon; Squadron Commander; Operations Officer; and, Chief, Leadership & Management Division, Air University. Mr. Odd has broad corporate experience: President, The Language Arts Inc. – a translation company servicing numerous government and private agencies ($20 million); Corporate Executive, CTI Inc. ($20 million); ITS Services Inc. ($30 million). He attended Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officer School where he earned an MS in Education Administration, Certificate of International Affairs, and BS in Political Science. He also attended the academic and technical instructor schools Air Weapons Controller School, Missile Launch School, and Pilot Training. Mr. Odd’s various awards include: International Who’s Who of Professional Management; North American Air Defense Command, Officer of the Year; and Outstanding Young Men of America.
As the Executive Vice President of MAI, Mr. Odd’s primary responsibility is dealing with government issues that arise. He is involved in many of the company’s projects ongoing in Ethiopia, where employees are engaged in making things better for people in the country.
He has said that there are some fantastic things happening in the country. Even though not all of the answers have been found for food shortage problems in Ethiopia, MAI employees are trying very hard to improve circumstances for the people there.