U.S. Soybean Export Council Names Jim Sutter as Chief Executive Officer
Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 8:01 pm
ST. LOUIS (September 24, 2010) – The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) today announced Jim Sutter as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the organization. In his new role as CEO of USSEC, Sutter will lead USSEC’s efforts on behalf of U.S. soybean farmers to expand international markets for U.S. soybeans and soy products.
“U.S. soybean farmers export more than half of the soybeans we produce on an annual basis,” says Roy Bardole, USSEC Chairman and a soybean farmer from Rippey, Iowa. “The USSEC board feels confident that Jim will provide strong leadership and will help keep U.S. soy competitive in the international marketplace.”
According to year-to-date figures provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Ag Service (USDA-FAS), U.S. soy exports will set a record for the fourth year in a row when the marketing year closes for soybean meal and oil on September 30. Figures-to-date show the United States has exported 1.9 billion bushels of soy thus far in 2010. USSEC, with funding from the soybean checkoff and USDA-FAS, implements market development, communications and education programs in 80 countries around the world designed to help sell U.S. soy.
According to Bardole, Sutter’s background and experience will help USSEC implement the United Soybean Board and soybean checkoff’s new international marketing model that works to expand partnerships with the soybean exporters to create additional profit opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers.
“I’ve had an interesting and rewarding 30-year career in the oilseeds industry working for Cargill and am now excited to put that experience to work as I join the global USSEC team and all the USSEC stakeholders in continuing to build and maintain strong U.S. soy exports,” said Sutter. “My experiences in the global oilseeds business have given me a perspective of the many moving parts required to optimize overall efficiencies. I believe USSEC has an important role to play in the overall global supply chain for all types of soy products and I look forward to being a part of that.”
Sutter will join USSEC on December 6, 2010 from his current role as Vice-President of Cargill’s Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain Business Unit with day-to-day responsibility for Cargill’s Iowa Soybean Processing business. Sutter represented Cargill on several industry associations, including the National Oilseed Processors Association and QUALISOY. Sutter’s Cargill experience has taken him around the world and given him many perspectives of the global oilseed industry. Sutter grew up on a crop and cattle farm in northeastern Colorado and joined Cargill after graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Agricultural Business/Economics.
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