People: Tom Sleight selected as USGC President and CEO
The US Grains Council has announced the selection of Thomas N Sleight as president and CEO to replace the retiring Thomas C Dorr.
Sleight initially joined the Council in 1983 and has served in multiple capacities both in Washington, DC, headquarters and overseas. After leaving for stints with other agricultural organizations, he returned to the Council in November 2010 as vice president of operations and membership. Sleight’s cumulative service with the Council spans 18 years and includes successful assignments in program operations in the Washington, DC, office, international program direction in the field, communications, membership and administrative functions.
While he is retiring from day-to-day executive duties, Dorr will continue on a part-time basis with the Council as a consultant focusing on a number of long-range initiatives begun during his tenure. “Tom Dorr has made a tremendous contribution to the Council, especially in reorienting us to emerging markets and new opportunities,” said Wendell Shauman, USGC’s Chairman. “Tom’s leadership has been responsible for the adoption of a new strategic plan, the beginning of a global realignment of the Council’s assets, and very productive engagements at a policy level with China and other countries around the world.”
Dorr joined the Council in December 2009 after serving as Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development in the Bush Administration. Dorr’s tenure as president and CEO was highlighted by a major expansion of the Council’s role beyond its traditional capacity building and trade servicing missions. Recognizing that the most significant impediments to expanded exports of US feed grains are today rooted in policy barriers, the Council reached out to partners around the world at a policy level to engage on issues including international acceptance of new crop production technologies, enhancing food security through trade, and expanded export of value added products and corn co-products. To support these efforts, the Council also developed and implemented a new long-term strategic plan and a strategic communications and branding initiative.
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