COBANK ANNOUNCES BOARD ELECTION RESULTS
Sep. 25, 2012
Source CoBank news release
CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, today announced results of shareholder elections for the bank's 2013 Board of Directors.
A total of nine seats on the board were open this year due to the transition to the new governance structure adopted as part of the bank's recently closed merger with U.S. AgBank. The board will now have a total of 24 elected directors from six regions, as well as between three and five appointed directors.
The winning candidates for each open seat are listed in the table below, along with occupation, region, type of seat, residence, and term expiration date. The initial terms for a number of candidates will be for less than the standard four years in order to accommodate term staggering:
Region; Type of Seat; Name; Occupation; Residence;Term expires
East; One-member-one-vote; James Kinsey; Owner/operator of a purebred Angus seed-stock operation; Flemington, WV; 2016
South; One-member-one-vote; George Kitchens; GM & CEO, Joe Wheeler EMC; Decatur, AL; 2013
South; Modified equity; Robert Behr; COO, Citrus World; Lakeland, FL; 2016
Central; One-member-one-vote; James Magnuson; GM & CEO, Key Cooperative; Sully, IA; 2014
Central; One-member-one-vote; David Kragnes; Owner/operator of a diversified farm raising wheat, sugarbeets, soybeans and corn; Felton, MN; 2016
Mid Plains; One-member-one-vote; Clint Roush; Owner/operator of a wheat, alfalfa hay and stocker cattle operation; Arapaho, OK; 2014
Mid Plains; One-member-one-vote; Scott Whittington; GM, Lyon-Coffey Electric; Burlington, KS; 2016
West; One-member-one-vote; Jon Marthedal; Owner of a farm producing grapes, raisins and blueberries; Fresno, CA; 2013
Northwest; One-member-one-vote; Erik Jacobson; Retired President & CEO, NORPAC Foods Inc.; Bend, OR; 2014
"On behalf of our entire board, I extend congratulations to the winning candidates and thanks for their commitment to CoBank's continued success," said Everett Dobrinski, chairman of the board. "Over the years, CoBank has benefited enormously from having a board with representatives nominated and elected by our customers, who come from rural America and understand the unique needs of the industries we serve. Every one of these individuals will bring tremendous insight and experience to our board, and we look forward to their contributions in the coming year."
Also today, CoBank announced that Barry Sabloff has been re-appointed to a four-year term as an outside appointed director. Sabloff, whose new term will end in 2016, formerly served as an executive vice president with Bank One in Chicago. He currently is vice chairman of Marquette Bank, a Chicago-based community bank, and a director for Calypso Technology, Inc., a provider of trading systems to financial institutions. Sabloff has served on the CoBank board since 2005 and is chairman of the board's Audit Committee.
"Barry's deep understanding of banking and finance is enormously valuable to our board, and we're grateful he has agreed to serve another term with us," Dobrinski said.
CoBank's board of directors reflects the bank's national scope and the diverse industries it serves. Members include agricultural producers, agribusiness executives and representatives from the rural energy and communications sectors. Twenty-four directors are elected by shareholders from six geographic regions covering all 50 U.S. states. The remaining board members are appointed to their seats.
The bank uses an independent Nominating Committee to develop a slate of qualified director candidates for each election. No current board member may serve as a member of the Nominating Committee. No member of management sits on the CoBank board.