The Alpha Team

Meet Our Leadership

David McLain

CEO & President

David is Alphia’s Chief Executive Officer and President, bringing more than 14 years of executive pet food experience and three decades of consulting, executive and officer experience to the table. He joined CJ Foods in 2019 after filling the roles of CEO of Perfection Pet Foods and SVP, CIO & CPO at Big Heart Brands. 

Heather Govea


Heather is the Chief Commercial Officer managing Sales and Marketing at Alphia. She joined CJ Foods in 2016 after leading Natural Balance through the Del Monte and Smucker’s acquisitions as General Manager. She previously served as president of NULO Pet Foods and has more than 20 years of experience in the pet food ingredients industry.

David Allen


David is Alphia’s Chief Operating Officer. He has deep supply chain experience, having held the most senior operating roles at Del Monte Foods, Frito-Lay, US Foods, and Findus. And he has served on the boards of directors for Plated, Harvest Food Distributors, Sherwood Food Distributors, American Italian Pasta Company and Premier, Inc.  

Ryan Carr


Ryan is Alphia’s Chief Financial Officer. He joined CJ Foods in 2020 after more than 25 years in finance and operations, 15 of which were in executive management and leadership roles. Ryan previously served as CFO with both Money Mailer and Azure Dynamics.

Robert Long


Robert is Alphia’s Chief Technology Officer. He joined CJ Foods in 2020 bringing his more than 20 years of experience leading companies using technical expertise and strategic thinking. Robert previously served as CIO of Del Monte Foods, and drove the IT integration for the Natural Balance Pet Foods acquisition.

Barbara Hicks


Barbara is Alphia’s Chief Human Resource Officer. She comes to Alphia with a wealth of experience in human resources, organizational effectiveness, talent development, employee engagement and culture. Hicks most recently served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for APC Automotive Technologies, LLC where she led the overall human resources and talent strategy for the company.