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DAA: Roy Riggs

Roy Riggs

Roy Riggs


North Salem, IN


Growing up on a southern Indiana dairy farm, Roy Riggs knew early that he wanted to work in animal health. After graduating from Purdue University in 1979, his first choice in employers was Elanco Animal Health. He landed the job and has been there since, building an enviable career. Starting in sales, he went on to lead swine and cattle units, working at offices in Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, and Indiana. This year, he became director of global specialty business, developing the vision, strategies, and teams for innovative products entering the pipeline that are outside Elanco’s core businesses. While work that is helping to feed the world is “where I get hooked,” Riggs says his strong suit is the people side. “I really like developing people and helping teams reach their potential. I find out what people like to do and are good at, and I put them in those roles.” He also enjoys positively impacting the business in strategy and results. His work has involved travel, including trips to Europe, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Riggs has been active in industry groups, such as the Center for Food Integrity and Indiana’s Grow America Project, and at Purdue, serving on the President’s Council and College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council. A member of Purdue Musical Organizations during his college years, today his singing is occasional, usually at church. In his spare time, the father of four has given to FFA as a judge and to 4-H, helping about a dozen city youngsters raise calves. He’s currently an assistant coach for a travelling youth basketball team, and he’s also coached youth football and baseball. He lives on a 20-acre site with four horses, a bunny, two dogs, and “too many cats.” “It’s important to follow your passions, to understand your innate talents, and to maximize those. Keep learning, keep challenging yourself, keep a broad, long-term view, and have fun.”