Scoular recently announced that it has created a new division to lead its businesses in the early stages of development and to serve as an incubator for strategic investment opportunities. Scoular Senior Vice President Ed Prosser will lead the new division, called “Emerging Businesses.”
“Scoular employees have always explored possibilities across the agricultural supply chain, imaginatively creating solutions for our customers,” said CEO Paul Maass. “As the industry evolves at a rapid pace, we will continue to seize opportunities that position Scoular for long-term success.”
The Emerging Businesses Division will include business activities focusing on biofuels, renewable energy, carbon markets, investments in agricultural technology, such as Roger LLC, and other future growth ventures.
“Scoular can more strategically capture emerging opportunities when these business activities are aligned within the same division, which can support their unique capital, technology and talent needs,” said Prosser, who formerly served as Scoular’s Senior Vice President of Risk Management and as Scoular’s Interim Chief Information Officer. Prosser also was instrumental in the recent creation of Roger, a technology solution for the dry bulk freight industry.
Maass also announced three internal promotions to Scoular’s Senior Leadership Team:
- Joe Andrus has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Feed Division Manager. He succeeds John Messerich, who retired May 31. Andrus, based in Minneapolis, previously served as Vice President and General Manager for the High-Nutritional Value Proteins business unit;
- Ron Bingham has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Grain Division Manager. He succeeds Bob Ludington, who retired May 31. Ludington will continue to serve on Scoular’s Board of Directors. Bingham, based in Overland Park, Kansas, previously served as Vice President and General Manager for the Wheat business unit;
- Amy Patterson has been promoted to President of Petsource, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Scoular. Patterson, based in Omaha, previously served as Vice President and Petsource General Manager.
“I am thrilled to promote Joe, Ron and Amy to our senior executive team, and to see Scoular’s robust talent management and development practices at work as we elevate these outstanding leaders,” said Maass. “I am confident that under their leadership Scoular will continue to define what is possible for our customers and achieve growth well into the future.”