PARIS, Dec 17 (Reuters) -
* Agricultural commodity group Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) said on Monday it had appointed Kristen E. Weldon as head of food innovation and downstream strategy, effective Jan. 1.
* Weldon will report to Chief Executive Officer Ian McIntosh and be a member of LDC's Executive Group, the company said in a statement.
* Weldon will join LDC after 13 years at private equity firm Blackstone, most recently as senior managing director (Partner) and co-head of the London office for hedge fund solutions, LDC said. (Reporting by Gus Trompiz Editing by Sybille de La Hamaide)