Albaugh announces leadership transition in North America

Douglas “Dak” Kaye promoted to regional President as Spencer Vance will remain on board of directors and handle new director of customer engagement role.


Albaugh announced a transition in the leadership of its North American operating unit as Spencer Vance will continue a role on the company’s board of managers and Douglas “Dak” Kaye will be promoted from group COO to replace Vance as regional President.


Vance will also serve in the new role of director of customer engagement for North America. The position allows him to continue his efforts of ensuring customers have full knowledge of Albaugh’s portfolio and capabilities, cultivate both existing and new customer relationships in all market segments, and craft high-quality solutions for customer needs.

“After 30 years with Albaugh, it is the right time for me to focus my talents in these critical areas,” Vance said. “I’m as excited today as I ever have been to continue to bring the high quality and compelling value of Albaugh ‘Your Alternative’ to customers in the US and Canada."

“Words cannot express how grateful Sue and I are for Spencer's three decades of service to my company," founder and chairman Dennis Albaugh said. “Under Spencer’s leadership our company has reached unparalleled levels of success in serving agriculture in the US and Canada, and I know that Dak will build upon Spencer's legacy to continue our outstanding performance even further.”


Kaye began his career in crop protection in 2009 and came to Albaugh in 2011 as CFO for the European region. He then became the President of the European region in 2012 and was appointed to the position of group COO in 2019.

“I’m looking forward to this new challenge to lead the North American business, and I am very pleased to be able to count on Spencer’s continued support,” Kaye said. “I’m grateful to him for his achievements and look forward to many more years working together to serve our customers.”