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United Soybean Board Announces Departure of CEO Polly Ruhland

United Soybean Board (USB) Chief Executive Officer, Polly Ruhland, will leave her position effective December 31, 2023. Ruhland, who led the organization for the past six years, played a pivotal role in driving significant organizational changes and establishing a solid foundation for the future of USB.

During the past six years, the United Soybean Board undertook a transformative journey marked by numerous accomplishments and milestones, including developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan, which buttressed USB’s commitment to innovation, sustainability, and market development.

Ruhland’s service includes hiring and training a staff of talented professionals whose expertise and passion have been instrumental in advancing USB’s initiatives and programs. Additionally, Ruhland managed a significant governance restructuring, ensuring streamlined decision-making processes and enhanced collaboration among board members and staff.

“Polly has been a visionary leader for USB during a very transformative time,” says Meagan Kaiser, Chair of the United Soybean Board. “A true servant-leader, her biggest contribution and lasting legacy is building a first-class staff that we can rely on. She inspires me and other farmer leaders to think big picture and will leave the board in a better place than when she started. We are grateful for her dedication to the U.S. soybean industry and American agriculture.”

Under Ruhland’s leadership, the organization initiated and executed a robust evaluation program, ensuring that USB’s activities align with its strategic goals and deliver meaningful results for soybean farmers.

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