USA – American Soybean Association (ASA) has ended a long search for its next chief executive officer by naming Ryan Findlay to the position following the exit of former CEO Stephen Censky.

Appointment of Ryan Findlay came after the USDA confirmed that Stephen Censky was appointed as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in October 2017.

Ryan served Syngenta for four years as Industry Lead for North America helping farmers mitigate challenges they faced in their operations in addition to coordinating efforts between external stakeholders.

With a degree in political science from Western Michigan University and masters of business administration from Northwood University, Ryan also worked at the Michigan Farm Bureau, working on two farm bills, international trade, climate change and regulatory issues before joining Syngenta.

“Ryan’s background growing up on a farm and working for the Michigan Farm Bureau and for Syngenta give him the right combination of life and work experience that will serve ASA well in the coming years,” said John Heisdorffer, president of the ASA and a soybean producer from Keota, Iowa, U.S.

Heisdorffer added that finding someone like Ryan’s calibre and experience will lead the organisation into a first class US commodity organisation.

When opening the CEO search ASA President Ron Moore said that they were looking to the candidates for the CEO position to bring their innovation and experience and novel concepts for advancing the soybean industry and Ryan seems to be the best match.

“I am honoured to be selected to lead a premier policy organization that I have worked with and admired for years,” Findlay said.

“I look forward to building on Steve Censky’s strong legacy as ASA and its state affiliates continue to lead the public debate on key policy issues including farm risk management, international trade and rural infrastructure.”

Soy groups raised concerns about the proposal by FDA to revoke health claim for soy protein and reduced risk of heart disease

Then Ryan is up to the task to identify soy and health research priorities, facilitate the development and funding of research projects, through education and outreach efforts to slam the soy uncertainties.