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Sugarbeet Growers Magazine April / May 2014 : Page 6

we’d make it,” he observes. “Today, we’re not only making it, we’re growing the business. If you stay focused on doing the right things, long-term, you’ll get through adversity.” Ups and downs are to be expected in any commodity business, such as sugar, Mathur notes. However, with good management, the business can be effective, whether in good times or through challenges. “Our shareholders understand that, because that is what it is like with their own farms and businesses,” he says. “It is tight times now, but we’ll work it out and come out of it stronger. We have strong players and committed grow-ers. I sincerely believe the best days are still to come,” Mathur states. “It is a solid business, with a strong share-holder base. That’s a good team, committed to doing what is right for the shareholders.” Saying goodbye to the company he helped mold is not an easy task for Mathur. “The factory employees asked me to come and say goodbye,” he says, so he has been on the road in late March and early April, visiting shareholders, em-ployees, customers and others he has met during his time at the Denver-based company. Mathur says that even though this trip is to say “Thank you” to employees and others, he is still talking business and will have stopped at all five factories — Fort Morgan, Colo.; Scottsbluff, Neb.; Torrington and Lovell, Wyo.; and Billings, Mont., before he leaves. “I’m fortunate and blessed that I had the opportunity to be part of this great industry, and the team that put West-ern Sugar in the very strong position it is today,” he says. Now he will have his chance to “decompress,” spend more time with family, including his daughter, 25, in Den-ver, and look for ways to give back to the community. “It’s a great industry to be in, and I’ve been very fortu-nate to have been in this capacity,” Mathur concludes. “It’s been a phenomenal run.” v Photo: Don Lilleboe / WSC Scottsbluff Factory Perry New WSC President/CEO The Western Sugar Cooperative Board of Directors announced in early April that Rodney Perry is the com-pany’s new president and chief executive officer. Perry, who comes to Western Sugar from Bunge Limited, a global agribusi-ness and food company, was based in Geneva, Switzerland. He as-sumes his duties at Western Sugar beginning April 21. Perry has more than 24 years of agribusiness and food experience. Most recently, he held the position as vice president for Food and In-Rodney Perry gredients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Bunge. Perry joined Bunge in 2000 as sales and marketing manager, then moved on to lead the company’s North American Milling, Edible Oils, and Canadian Oilseed businesses before moving to Europe. His appointment as Western Sugar CEO followed a four-month search by the cooperative’s board. “We are delighted to have Rodney Perry join Western Sugar following an extensive search of qualified candi-dates,” says Nick Lapaseotes, chairman of Western Sugar’s Board of Directors. “It was clear to us early in our search that Rodney has the management skills and agribusiness and food experience to lead our grower-owned cooperative forward.” “I’m very excited about joining Western Sugar and looking forward to meeting with our 1,400 shareholders across Colorado, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming,” Perry says. “I know from talking with the cooperative’s board and others that Western Sugar’s grower-owners, along with our employees, are the strength of this com-pany.” Perry began his career in 1989 with Archer Daniels Midland Company. He later joined ConAgra and then Bethel Grain Company where he served in various com-mercial leadership roles. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Illinois State University in 1989 and an executive master’s degree in international business from St. Louis University in 2007. v 6 THE SUGARBEET GROWER April/May 2014

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