The U.S. Soybean Export Council announced that Beth Schulte, who had been serving as the U.S. Soybean Export Council's interim chief financial officer since February 2020, has officially been installed in that role, effective June 1. Schulte brings 34 years of experience in accounting and financial management to the USSEC team. Before joining USSEC, Schulte was a partner at UHY, LLC, where she led their consulting group for the past five years.

Mac Marshall has been hired as the United Soybean Board’s (USB) vice president of market intelligence. In this role, Marshall will work to evaluate and establish long-term strategic initiatives in support of advancing domestic and international market opportunities for the U.S. soybean industry. He will also carry out market intelligence duties for the USSEC. Before joining USB, Marshall worked for the Monsanto Company, now Bayer Ag, in the company’s global strategy group focusing on commodity market analysis. 

Wern-Yuen Tan has been named chief executive officer of PepsiCo's Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and China (APAC) region, effective June 15. Tan will be based in Singapore. Before coming to PepsiCo, Tan was president and CEO of Walmart China. Before that, Tan was managing director at McDonald's Taiwan. Tan succeeds Ram Krishnan, who will now transition to the newly created role of global chief commercial officer of PepsiCo.

Max Moncaster

Max Moncaster

Julie Borlaug has moved into the role of vice president of external relations for Inari. Borlaug previously worked in the role of vice president of communications and public relations. Before joining Inari in 2017, Borlaug was the director of strategic initiatives at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

Max Moncaster has been promoted to director of public policy for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Moncaster will lead the strategic policy engagement for the organization. Moncaster fills the role after the departure of Aline DeLucia, senior director of public policy. Her last day is June 19. Before joining NASDA last July, Moncaster was the director of policy communications at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. 

Peter Laudeman has been promoted to manager of public policy for risk management and renewable fuels for the National Corn Growers Association, based in the Washington D.C. office. Laudeman was working as a legislative assistant for the association.

Joshua Shields has been hired to be the new senior vice president of government affairs and communications for POET. Before joining the company, Shields was the chief of staff for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and also, for a time, led government affairs for Black Hills Energy.

Clint White has been hired by the United Sorghum Checkoff Program to run the organization's communications department as director of communications. National Sorghum Producers (NSP) hired Haleigh Erramouspe, a former communications intern, part-time as its communications coordinator, and Jennifer Blackburn, formerly leading communications for both organizations, is now Vice President of Communications for NSP.

Kerry Lynch has left Michael Torrey Associates (MTA) and is headed to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association as the new communications director. Lynch worked for MTA for the past six years, most recently in the role of director of public affairs. Lynch has previously worked for the Society of Wine Educators and the Animal Agriculture Alliance.

Marshall Yates now serves as the chief of staff to Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., covering issues related to appropriations, energy, environmental protection, science and technology, and transportation. He was previously the legislative counsel and director for Brooks.

Hannah King has been promoted to serve as a legislative assistant and press assistant for Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn. She will cover the portfolio for agriculture and food, animal welfare, science and technology, and telecommunications. 

Nick Pennington has moved into a legislative assistant role for Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I. He covers the portfolio for agriculture and food, animal welfare, science and technology, and small business. He was previously a legislative correspondent.

Chaz Wilson, head of international sales for Pilgrim’s USA, has been elected chairman of the board for the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) for 2020-21. He succeeds outgoing Chairman Mark Barrett, vice president of Lamex Foods Inc. Newly elected to the USAPEEC executive committee was Martin Piffaretti, vice president of export sales for Eastern Quality Foods. Newly elected to the USAPEEC board of directors were: Fernando Amorim, vice president of international sales, Gerber-Agri International; Kathy Cline, traffic manager/commodity sales, Cooper Farms; Ernie Ferguson, vice president of sales and marketing, MTC Logistics; Haden Slain, general manager, Poseidon Forwarding; and Emily Metz, president/CEO, American Egg Board.

Dale Beaty has been hired by the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative to be director of member relations. He will work to help expand services to farm members through recruitment and member engagement. For the past 15 years, Beaty worked for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, first as director of training and leadership development and most recently as chief administrative officer. Nicole Barlass, who had been director of member relations, has been promoted to the newly created position of director of corporate relations. Barlass is a former agricultural educator who has been with DBA and Edge for the past five years. 

Beck Ag has tapped David Webb as the new general manager of Beck Ag Canada. Before joining Beck Ag, Webb oversaw Canadian operations including finance, sales, marketing, software development and client engagement functions for AgData. He also served as vice president of agribusiness for Ipsos-Reid.

Glen Albert Brandt, founder of BRANDT Inc., passed away at the age of 94. He attended Springfield Junior College before enlisting in the U.S. Merchant Marines in 1944. After three years of service, he returned home to help his father farm but was soon drafted into the Army in 1950 to serve in Korea. After two years of service, he was honorably discharged. At the age of 27, Brandt founded the business that would later become BRANDT Inc. after he began custom-applying anhydrous ammonia for local farmers. He led a line of companies that would become BRANDT Inc. from Brandt & Gardner Gas Station to Brandt’s Fertilizer Service to Brandt Chemical Company to Brandt Consolidated. He stepped aside as CEO of Brandt’s Fertilizer Service and Brandt Chemical company in 1986, at age 60, to serve as chairman of the board. He remained active in the industry and company until his death.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the titles of Clint White, Haleigh Erramouspe, and Jennifer Blackburn.

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