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Green Plains Inc (GPRE.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Wayne Hoovestol

58 2009 Independent Chairman of the Board

Todd Becker

50 2009 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

John Neppl

51 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth Simril

51 2016 President – Fleischmann’s Vinegar

Jeffrey Briggs

52 2009 Chief Operating Officer

Paul Kolomaya

51 2012 Executive Vice President - Commodity Finance

Michelle Mapes

50 2009 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Carl Bleyl

58 2008 Executive Vice President of Ethanol Marketing

Mark Hudak

57 2013 Executive Vice President of Human Resources

Walter Cronin

54 2015 Executive Vice President – Commercial Operations

Michael Metzler

54 2015 Executive Vice President – Natural Gas & Power

Anthony Vojslavek

35 2016 Executive Vice President – Risk Management

George Simpkins

55 2016 Chief Development Officer

Jim Anderson

59 2008 Independent Director

James Crowley

70 2008 Independent Director

Gene Edwards

60 2015 Independent Director

Gordon Glade

46 2007 Independent Director

Ejnar Knudsen

48 2016 Independent Director

Thomas Manuel

70 2015 Independent Director

Brian Peterson

53 2008 Independent Director

Alain Treuer

44 2008 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Wayne Hoovestol

Mr. Wayne B. Hoovestol is Independent Chairman of the Board of Company. He has served as a director since March 2006 and as Chairman of the Board since October 2008. Mr. Hoovestol served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer from January 2007 to February 2007, Chief Executive Officer from February 2007 to December 2008, and Chief Strategy Officer from March 2009 to November 2009. Mr. Hoovestol no longer is an employee of the Company. Mr. Hoovestol began operating Hoovestol Inc., a trucking company, in 1978. He is also President of Lone Mountain Truck Leasing, which he founded in 2005. Mr. Hoovestol became involved with the ethanol industry as an investor in 1995, and has served on the boards of two other ethanol companies. Mr. Hoovestol also served on the board of CapSource Financial, Inc., a truck trailer sales and leasing company, from May 2005 to March 2007. The Board concluded that Mr. Hoovestol should serve as a director because of his former leadership as chief executive officer, as well as the business perspective he brings to the Board through his ownership of other entities and investments in other ethanol companies.

Todd Becker

Todd A. Becker is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Company. who has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since January 2009, was appointed as a director in March 2009. Mr. Becker served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from October 2008 to December 2008. He served as Chief Executive Officer of VBV LLC from May 2007 to October 2008. Mr. Becker was Executive Vice President of Sales and Trading at Global Ethanol from May 2006 to May 2007. Prior to that, he worked for ten years with ConAgra Foods in various management positions including Vice President of International Marketing for ConAgra Trade Group and President of ConAgra Grain Canada. Mr. Becker has over 27 years of related experience in various commodity processing businesses, risk management and supply chain management, along with extensive international trading experience in agricultural markets. Mr. Becker recently served on the board of directors, including its audit and compensation committees, for Hillshire Brands Company. Mr. Becker has a Masters degree in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Finance emphasis from the University of Kansas. The Board concluded that Mr. Becker should serve as a director because he provides an insider’s perspective about the business and the strategic direction of the Company to Board discussions. His extensive commodity experience and leadership traits make him an essential member of the Board.

John Neppl

Mr. John Neppl is appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the company effective September 11, 2017. John most recently served as chief financial officer of The Gavilon Group, LLC, an agriculture and energy commodities management firm with an extensive global footprint. He provided broad financial leadership, with responsibility for the organization's accounting, treasury, risk control, business planning and analysis, tax, legal and investor relations functions. Previously, Neppl held senior financial management positions at ConAgra Foods, Inc., including senior financial officer of ConAgra Trade Group and Commercial Products division as well as assistant corporate controller. Prior to ConAgra, Neppl was corporate controller at Guarantee Life Companies. He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. He is a member of the Creighton University Heider College of Business Dean's Advisory Board, as well as its Accounting Department Advisory Board. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of Marian High School and Chair of its Finance Committee.

Kenneth Simril

Mr. Kenneth M. Simril is President – Fleischmann’s Vinegar of the Company. Ken has an established record of successful venture development, with a career that spans multinationals, start-up’s and private equity backed ventures. He has more than 20 years of experience as a senior-level executive in planning, building and leading start-up ventures, including billion dollar initiatives with various multi-national corporations such as ExxonMobil and Level 3 Communications. Mr. Simril holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Jeffrey Briggs

Mr. Jeffrey S. Briggs is Chief Operating Officer of Company. He joined the Company as Chief Operating Officer in November 2009. Mr. Briggs served as a consultant to the Company from July 2009 to November 2009. Prior to his consulting role, he was Founder and General Partner of Frigate Capital, LLC, a private investment partnership investing in small and mid-sized companies, from January 2004 through January 2009. Prior to Frigate, Mr. Briggs spent nearly seven years at Valmont Industries, Inc. as President of the Coatings Division. Prior to Valmont, he acquired and managed an electronic manufacturing company; was Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for Peter Kiewit and Sons; worked for Goldman Sachs in their Equities Division; and served five years as an Officer in the U.S. Navy on a nuclear submarine. Mr. Briggs has a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Thermal and Power Systems from UCLA.

Paul Kolomaya

Mr. Paul E. Kolomaya is Executive Vice President – Commodity Finance of the Company. After joining the Company in August 2008 as its Vice President – Commodity Finance. Prior to joining Green Plains, Mr. Kolomaya was employed by ConAgra Foods, Inc. from March 1997 to August 2008 in a variety of senior finance and accounting capacities, both domestic and international. Prior to that, he was employed by Arthur Andersen & Co. in both the audit and business consulting practices. Mr. Kolomaya holds chartered accountant and certified public accountant certifications and has a Bachelor of Honors Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.

Michelle Mapes

Ms. Michelle S. Mapes is Executive Vice President – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Company. After joining the Company in September 2009 as its General Counsel. Prior to joining Green Plains, Ms. Mapes was a Partner at Husch Blackwell LLP, where for three years she focused her legal practice nearly exclusively in renewable energy. Prior to that, she was Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for HDM Corporation. Ms. Mapes served as Senior Vice President – Corporate Services and General Counsel to Farm Credit Services of America from April 2000 to June 2005. Ms. Mapes holds a Juris Doctorate, a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance, all from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. .

Carl Bleyl

Mr. Carl S. (Steve) Bleyl is Executive Vice President of Ethanol Marketing of Company. joined the Company as Executive Vice President – Ethanol Marketing in October 2008. Mr. Bleyl served as Executive Vice President – Ethanol Marketing for VBV LLC from October 2007 to October 2008. From June 2003 until September 2007, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Renewable Products Marketing Group LLC, an ethanol marketing company, building it from a cooperative marketing group of five ethanol plants in one state to seventeen production facilities in seven states. Prior to that, Mr. Bleyl worked for over 20 years in various senior management and executive positions in the fuel industry. Mr. Bleyl has a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy.

Mark Hudak

Mr. Mark A. Hudak is Executive Vice President – Human Resources of Company. After joining the Company in January 2013 as its Vice President – Human Resources. Mr. Hudak has extensive experience in human resource management, organizational development, employee relations, employee benefits and compensation management. He served as Senior Director, Global Human Resources for Bimbo Bakeries from November 2010 to January 2013. Prior to that, from September 2006 to November 2010, Mr. Hudak was Vice President, Global Human Resources / Compliance and Ethics Officer at United Malt Holdings. He held several senior level positions at ConAgra Foods, Inc. from December 2000 to September 2006. Mr. Hudak has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bellevue University.

Walter Cronin

Mr. Walter S. Cronin is Executive Vice President – Commercial Operations of the Company. Mr. Cronin served as Chief Investment Officer of Green Plains Asset Management LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Green Plains, from November 2011 to August 2015. Mr. Cronin served as Executive Vice President and trading principal of County Cork Asset Management from April 2010 to November 2011, and as a consultant to Bunge Limited from September 2004 to March 2010. Prior to that, he gained over 28 years of commodity trading experience working at a number of firms, including R.J. O’Brien & Associates LLC and Continental Grain Company. Mr. Cronin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Santa Clara.

Michael Metzler

Mr. Michael A. Metzler is Executive Vice President – Natural Gas & Power of the Company. Prior to joining Green Plains in May 2013 as Senior Vice President and General Manager – Natural Gas and Power, Mr. Metzler was Senior Vice President of Origination and Trading for Tenaska Marketing Ventures, spending nearly 20 years helping to build the company from its start up. Prior to Tenaska, he spent five years with Aquila Energy Marketing as Director of Marketing and Trading. Mr. Metzler holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Nebraska – Omaha.

Anthony Vojslavek

Mr. Anthony R. Vojslavek is Executive Vice President – Risk Management of the Company. Prior to joining Green Plains, Mr. Vojslavek was employed by The Gavilon Group LLC from November 2010 to August 2016, serving as Chief Risk Officer and Vice President, Senior Director – Risk Management and various other risk management leadership positions. Mr. Vojslavek started his career with ConAgra Foods, working in the Treasury and Risk Solutions group. Mr. Vojslavek earned a master’s degree of Business Administration from Creighton University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

George Simpkins

Mr. George P. (Patrich) Simpkins, Jr. is Chief Development Officer of Company. He was named Chief Development and Risk Officer in October 2014 after joining the Company in May 2012 as its Executive Vice President – Finance and Treasurer. Prior to joining Green Plains, Mr. Simpkins was Managing Partner of GPS Capital Partners, LLC, a capital advisory firm serving global energy and commodity clients. From February 2005 to June 2008, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of SensorLogic, Inc., and as Executive Vice President and Global Chief Risk Officer of TXU Corporation from November 2001 to June 2004. Prior to that, he served in senior financial and commercial executive roles with Duke Energy Corporation, Louis Dreyfus Energy, MEAG Power Company and MCI Communications. Mr. Simpkins has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics and Marketing from the University of Kentucky. .

Jim Anderson

Mr. Jim Anderson is Independent Director of Company. He also serves on the Board’s Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Anderson joined The Gavilon Group, LLC in February 2010 as Chief Operating Officer, Fertilizer, and was named as President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2014. Prior to that, he served as Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors at United Malt Holdings (“UMH”), a producer of malt for use in the brewing and distilling industries, from September 2006 to February 2010. Prior to that, beginning in April 2003, Mr. Anderson served as Chief Operating Officer / Executive Vice President of CT Malt, a joint venture between ConAgra Foods and Tiger Brands of South Africa. Mr. Anderson’s experience in the agricultural processing and trading business includes serving as Senior Vice President and then President of ConAgra Grain Companies. His career also includes association with the firm Ferruzzi USA and as an Operations Manager for Pillsbury Company. Mr. Anderson has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Finance emphasis from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. The Board concluded that Mr. Anderson should serve as a director because of his commodity experience and agribusiness knowledge, which provides the Board with a relevant depth of understanding of the Company’s operations

James Crowley

Mr. James F. Crowley is Independent Director of Company. He also serves as Chairman of the Board’s Audit Committee. Mr. Crowley has been the Chairman and Managing Partner of Old Strategic, LLC since July 2006. His previous experience includes service as Chairman and Managing Partner of Strategic Research Institute, President of Global Investment and Merchant Banking at Prudential Securities, and investment banking at Smith Barney Harris Upham & Co. He currently serves on the board and is audit committee chair of Core Molding Technologies, is on the Board of Trustees for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and has served on a number of educational and not-for-profit boards. Mr. Crowley has a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Villanova University. The Board concluded that Mr. Crowley should serve as a director because he qualifies as an audit committee financial expert, possessing the requisite education and business acumen, along with having served on other boards and as an audit committee chair of another company.

Gene Edwards

Mr. Gene Edwards is Independent Director of the Company. He also serves on the Board’s Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Edwards served as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Valero Energy Corporation until his retirement in April 2014. He began his 32-year career at Valero as an Analyst in Planning and Economics and spent his tenure with Valero in various managerial positions in Planning and Economics, Refinery Operations, Business Development, and Marketing. Mr. Edwards was a key driver in Valero’s entry into the ethanol business and helped the segment become a successful part of its overall business. He served on the Board of Directors of CST Brands, Inc. from May 2013 to December 2013. Mr. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Board concluded that Mr. Edwards should serve as a director because of his extensive energy, including ethanol, industry experience, providing the Board with valued industry experience.

Gordon Glade

Mr. Gordon F. Glade is Independent Director of Company. He also serves on the Board’s Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees. For more than the past five years, Mr. Glade has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Capital, Inc., a commercial equipment leasing company. In addition, he is a current investor in several other ethanol companies. Mr. Glade also serves as Vice President and a director of the Edgar Reynolds Foundation and as a director of the Brunswick State Bank. Mr. Glade has a Bachelor of Science degree in both Accounting and Finance from Texas Christian University. The Board concluded that Mr. Glade should serve as a director because his business experience, including his experience as an investor in other ethanol companies, provides the Board with valuable perspective.

Ejnar Knudsen

Mr. Ejnar A. Knudsen III is Independent Director of the Company. As founder and managing partner of AGR Partners, Mr. Knudsen oversees the firm's investment process. He serves on the board of two AGR portfolio companies, Ridley Corp (RIC.ASX), Australia's largest animal feed and rendering company, and Opal Foods, a shell egg producer in Missouri and Colorado. He is the co-founder and director of Materra, a special situations farming company, and currently serves on the board of Western Milling. He is also chair of the Dairy Club, a group of leading producers and industry participants; director on the California Ag Leadership Foundation board and chair of its finance committee; and member of the Farm Foundation. Previously, Mr. Knudsen was co-portfolio manager of Passport Capital's agriculture fund; served as executive vice president of Western Milling, a California startup grain and feed milling company; and was vice president of Rabobank, managing a loan portfolio, venture capital investments and corporate advisory services in the food and agriculture sectors. Mr. Knudsen earned his Bachelor of Science in agricultural and life sciences from Cornell University and is a CFA charterholder.

Thomas Manuel

Mr. Thomas L. Manuel is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Manuel serves as Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Nu-Tek Salt, LLC, a food ingredients processing company, a position he has held since August 2011. Prior to that, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Aventine Renewable Energy, Inc., an ethanol producer from March 2010 to August 2011. From May 2002 to August 2011, Mr. Manuel served as Managing Director of International Strategy Advisors, LLC, providing transaction advisory services to private equity investors in the agribusiness and food industries. From 1977 until 2002, Mr. Manuel held various senior management positions with ConAgra Foods, Inc. including trading in domestic and international food ingredients, grain and energy, and grain and meat processing of various types. Mr. Manuel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota

Brian Peterson

Mr. Brian D. Peterson is Independent Director of Company. He also serves on the Board’s Audit Committee, and the Nominating and Governance Committee beginning in May 2014. Mr. Peterson currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Whiskey Creek Enterprises. Mr. Peterson served as Executive Vice President in charge of site development for the Company from 2005 to October 2008. Mr. Peterson was the sole founder and owner of Superior Ethanol LLC, which was acquired by the Company in 2006. For over twenty years, he has owned and operated grain farming entities which now include acreages in Iowa, Arkansas and South Dakota. Additionally, he built, owns and operates a beef feedlot in northwest Iowa. Mr. Peterson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from Dordt College. The Board concluded that Mr. Peterson should serve as a director because of his ethanol and grain industry experience, which serves as an important resource to the Board.

Alain Treuer

Mr. Alain Treuer is Independent Director of Company. He also serves as Chairman of the Board’s Compensation Committee. Mr. Treuer is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tellac Reuert Partners (TRP) SA, a global investment and financial consulting firm. He was appointed Chief Executive in 2004 and became Chairman in 2005. Mr. Treuer has also controlled Wilon Holdings S.A. since 2006. Prior to joining TRP SA, he was Chairman of TIGC, a global telecommunications company that he founded in 1992 and sold in 2001. He was originally appointed as a director in 2008 pursuant to a shareholders’ agreement, which is no longer in effect, entered into in connection with the Company’s merger with VBV LLC and its subsidiaries. Mr. Treuer has a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. The Board concluded that Mr. Treuer should serve as a director because his business experiences, combined with his education and global acumen, allow him to provide unique operational insights to the Board.