ASHDOD, ISRAEL — Todd R. Watson has been named president of Solbar USA, St. Paul, Minn., effective June 1. The appointment comes as Ashdod-based Solbar seeks to strengthen its position in the U.S. market. Last year the company bought the Green Planet Farms plant in South Sioux City, Neb., to produce soy protein isolates.

Mr. Watson has more than 25 years of managerial and commercial experience in the food ingredients and commodity industry. He previously worked for Cargill and spent 10 years at ABF Ingredients, including two years as president and chief executive officer at Protient, Inc.

“Todd’s vast experience and capabilities will augment Solbar’s ability to work closely with our customers and help sustain our mission to become the preferred partner in creating healthier products with our isolated soy protein ingredients,” said Shaul Shelach, c.e.o. of Solbar.