Southern States Cooperative announces Jeff Stroburg as upcoming President and CEO

– USA, VA – Southern States Cooperative announced their selection of Jeff Stroburg as the new president and chief executive officer, effective May 4. Stroburg succeeds Tom Scribner, who is retiring.

Stroburg, recently retired from West Central Cooperative, has led profitable growth and successfully navigated major change throughout his over 25 years in CEO roles at West Central Cooperative, Renewable Energy Group, Countrymark Cooperative and Hamilton Farm Bureau Cooperative.

“Jeff’s extensive experience in agricultural cooperatives has prepared him well for this role and provides a solid foundation for the continued growth and success of Southern States, says Board Chairman Raleigh Ward of Effingham, S.C. “We look forward to the experience and energy he will bring to the table and the continued success of the cooperative going forward.”

Stroburg served as president and CEO of West Central Cooperative for 16 years where he successfully led the company to over $700 million in sales and consistent profits. He led the spinoff of the company’s biodiesel business in 2006 to form the Renewable Energy Group, which now trades publicly on the NASDAQ. He remains as REG’s board chair.

In addition, he has served on a number of boards and associations, including CF Industries, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and the Graduate Institute for Cooperative Learning. A graduate of Iowa State University, Stroburg was raised on a farm in southern Iowa and will relocate his family to Richmond, Va., from their current home in Iowa.

“Southern States is one of the nation’s largest farmer cooperatives, and their approach to innovative business solutions for their members has always impressed me” Stroburg said. “I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to join the team and be a part of the cooperative’s future growth.”

“I’m very pleased and fully support the board’s selection of Jeff,” said Scribner, current Southern States president and CEO. “Jeff brings experience in many different business segments and understands the nature and business philosophy of cooperatives – I’m confident of his leadership capabilities to keep our cooperative moving forward, and I congratulate the board on their selection.”

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