The only publicly-traded company in our industry (NYSE/DAR), Darling Ingredients Inc. is headquartered in Irving, Texas.  We operate a network of over 200 facilities worldwide, staffed by approximately 10,000 dedicated employees providing services and products to diverse international markets.

Many of our brands are leaders in their own fields

Our executive team

Our company is managed by an executive group of visionary professionals, supported by a diverse team providing technical, research and development, environmental, operational, financial and marketing excellence. The Darling Ingredients team is led by:

Randall C. Stuewe

Chief Executive Officer

Randall Stuewe has served as Darling Ingredient Inc.'s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since February 2003. He brings the company over 25 years of experience at various agriculture processing businesses. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Stuewe was Executive Vice President at ConAgra Foods, Inc. More recently he was President of Gilroy Foods. Prior to 1996, he spent twelve years in management, sales and trading positions at Cargill, Incorporated.

John O. Muse

Executive Vice President - Chief Administrative Officer

John O. Muse has served as Executive Vice President—Chief Administrative Officer since January 2018. Prior to that, he served as Darling's Chief Financial Officer from December 2014 to March 2017; Chief Synergy Officer, from January 2014 to December 2014; Executive Vice President—Chief Administrative Officer, from September 2012 to December 2013; Executive Vice President—Finance and Administration, from February 2000 to September 2012; and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, from October 1997 to February 2000. Prior to coming to Darling Ingredients, Mr. Muse was Vice President and General Manager at Consolidated Nutrition, L.C. from 1994 to 1997. He also held the position of Vice President of Premiere Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Archer-Daniels Midland Company from 1992 to 1994. From 1971 to 1992, Mr. Muse was Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Secretary at Central Soya Company, Inc.

Brad Phillips

Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer

Brad Phillips has served as Darling Ingredient Inc.'s Executive Vice President-Chief Financial Officer since January 2018. He has 28 years of experience with Darling Ingredients. Mr. Phillips served as Darling's Vice President-Treasurer from May 2014 until his appointment to EVP-CFO. Prior to that, he held positions at Darling Ingredients as Treasurer, from January 1993 to May 2014; Assistant Treasurer, from January 1991 to January 1993; and Assistant Controller, from October 1988 to January 1991. Before coming to Darling Ingredients, Mr. Phillips was the Corporate Accounting Manager at Republic Health Corporation from 1984 to 1988, and from 1982 to 1984 he served in the audit group at Arthur Andersen.

Jan van der Velden

Executive Vice President, ERS (Ecoson, Rendac, Sonac)

Jan van der Velden has served as Executive Vice President of ERS (Ecoson/Rendac/Sonac) since January 2014. He has served in a number of different capacities for Darling Ingredients International (formerly known as VION Ingredients) since June 1989. Most recently, he has served as the Managing Director of ERS for VION Ingredients since March 2012 and the Vice President Raw Materials & Logistics for VION Ingredients since January 2001. From May 2005 to March 2012, he served as the managing director of VION Ingredients Germany. He also served as a member of the board of VION Ingredients.

John Bullock

Executive Vice President / North American Specialty Businesses and Chief Strategy Officer

In January 2014, John Bullock was appointed Executive Vice President - North American Specialty Businesses and Chief Strategy Officer. Mr. Bullock is responsible for leading, supporting and developing our strategies and investments globally. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President of Business Development. He played a significant role in helping Darling Ingredients grow, most notably with the development of and investment in our Diamond Green Diesel facility and several of our acquisitions.

Rick A. Elrod

Executive Vice President - Darling Ingredients U.S.A.

Rick Elrod has served as Executive Vice President – Darling Ingredients U.S.A. since April 2015.  From 2011 to April 2015 he served as the Company’s Senior Vice President – Eastern Region. Prior to that, Mr. Elrod served the Company in various managerial capacities since joining Griffin Industries in 1984. Those include operations management for the Butler Kentucky facility, Georgia plant operations, and finally Eastern Operations, consisting of seven locations for Griffin Industries, prior to the merger in 2010. Mr. Elrod is an active member of the National Chicken Council, the US Poultry Fats and Protein Council, the National Renderers Association, and several state poultry federations throughout the Southeast. 

Jos Vervoort

Executive Vice President - Rousselot

Jos Vervoort has served as Executive Vice President - Rousselot since May 2017. He has served in a number of different capacities for Darling Ingredients International (formerly known as VION Ingredients) since March 2006. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Rousselot since November 2015. From January 2008 to November 2015, he served as Managing Director of Rousselot EMEA. He also served as a member of the board of VION Ingredients.

John F. Sterling

Executive Vice President/General Counsel and Secretary

John F. Sterling is Executive Vice President–General Counsel and Secretary, a position he has held since August 2007. From 1997 to July 2007, Mr. Sterling worked for Pillowtex Corporation, where he served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since 1999.