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New CEO Announcement

Mar 21, 2016

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Cooperative Elevator Co. announces Scott Gordon as new CEO

Gordon brings more than 15 years of management experience to farmer-owned cooperative

PIGEON – Michigan-based Cooperative Elevator Co. today announced the hiring of Scott Gordon as the company’s new CEO. He will start as CEO effective May 9, said Kurt Ewald, board chairman of the company.

“Scott Gordon brings a wealth of senior management experience in the agriculture and food sector, and just as important, he comes with a deep appreciation of what makes up our successful farmer-owned cooperative,” said Ewald. “Scott will build on the great work of our members, managers and employees during the transition period and provide strong leadership to support the future growth of Cooperative Elevator Co.”

“Cooperative Elevator Co. is well-positioned to build on the incredible success achieved during its first 100 years in business, and I look forward to leveraging the existing platform and entrepreneurial spirit that has driven this business to where it is today,” said Gordon. “Thanks to the drive and innovation shown by the Cooperative’s members and employees, we are closely aligned with the marketplace and ready to seize new opportunities.”

Before joining Cooperative Elevator, Gordon served in multiple senior management roles with SunOpta Inc., beginning in 2001. In 2014, as division president of the Ingredients Group for SunOpta, Gordon led the divestiture of the business to Canadian Harvest LP, a subsidiary of J. Rettenmaier & Söhne Group.  Following the divestiture, Gordon served as general manager of Canadian Harvest, responsible for overseeing sales, finance, operations and research and development, having transitioned with all 100 SunOpta Ingredients Group employees.

Prior to serving as division president at Sunopta, Gordon served in senior leadership roles, including as vice president and assistant vice president of operations, having joined the company as an acquisition and project manager.

Gordon started his agribusiness career in 1997, leading a major seed plant expansion and research center development projects in Australia and North America for DuPont-Pioneer.  

“I’m excited to join a world class team at Cooperative Elevator Co.,” Gordon added. “The company’s success has and will continue to be dependent on the excellent teams of managers and employees that serve customers every day, and you couldn’t ask for a better group of people to lead.”

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