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Sugarbeet Growers Magazine April / May 2014 : Page 4

Retirement Time For WSC’s Mathur Has Been President/CEO of Western Sugar Cooperative Since Growers’ Purchase of Company in 2002 By Sandra Hansen* E veryone wants to live the “Ameri-can Dream,” and Inder Mathur be-lieves he has. After guiding the company for 12 years, Mathur will re-tire as CEO of Western Sugar Coopera-tive at the end of April, and he is extremely pleased with the path that * Sandra Hansen is agricultural editor for the Scottsbluff (Neb.) Star-Herald. This article originally appeared in the March 30 edition of the Star-Herald’s Farm & Ranch publication. allowed him to know shareholders, em-ployees and customers, as well as un-told numbers of Americans of all walks of life. “When they called and asked if I would be the CEO, I jumped at the chance,” Mathur says. “And I’ve lived the American dream.” That dream was a while in develop-ing. Born in India and educated in London, England, Mathur then went to work in the financial department of Tate & Lyle, a British company. It wasn’t long before they sent him to the United States to help steer the recov-ery of Great Western Sugar, which had gone bankrupt, and then was pur-chased by Tate & Lyle. The young Mathur family expected to return to England following his two-year commitment. However, during that time in Denver, Colo., he and his family decided they eventually wanted to live in the Mile High City on a per-manent basis. The time wasn’t right, and changes in employment took him to Illinois and Wisconsin, where he was when the new cooperative offered him the job as chief executive officer. According to Mather, 1986, when they came to the United States, was the beginning of an incredible journey. “My son was only one year old when we came out here,” he says, adding that the young man is now 29, married and living in Houston, Texas. “West-ern became a big part of me and my family, and it got into my blood. “I’ve grown attached to the coopera-tive and the industry,” he says. “I’ve grown to like the business and the dif-ferent opportunities offered by such a complex industry. It’s totally inte-grated from the farm to the customers. “Where else could you be involved in something like this?” he asks, con-2 and 3 axle harvesters available in new and factory reconditioned. Available header configurations: s2vs2
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