Friday, June 04, 2010

New Illinois Soybean Association CEO Named


ILLINOIS SOY ANNOUNCES NEW CEO

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Board of Directors has selected Craig Ratajczyk as its new CEO to replace the retiring W. Lyle Roberts, Jr.  Ratajczyk has been serving as ISA's senior director since 2009, and will transition into the new position when Roberts officially retires September 1, 2010.

As senior director, Ratajczyk was responsible for directing ISA's strategic and tactical planning efforts and providing leadership to nearly all departments and programs.  He coordinated ISA's new fiscal year 2011 strategic plan to reflect the direction of the board of directors and to align with national and international soybean industry efforts.  

Ratajczyk previously served as director for global issues and alliances for the U.S. Soybean Export Council, Inc., for seven years and held several positions with the American Soybean Association's International Marketing program.  He also serves as the Navy Intelligence Reserve Unit U.S. Strategic Command 0319's Executive Officer.

Roberts retires after more than 25 years of service to Illinois soybean farmers.  "We will miss Lyle's vast experience and knowledge of the soybean industry in Illinois and the U.S.," says Moore.  "We expect him to remain active in Illinois agriculture for many years to come.  The board appreciates his dedication and passion for the industry."

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