The United States Soybean Export Council Board of Directors has named Dr. Miguel Escobar to be their interim Chief Executive Officer. Escobar replaces Dan Duran who was placed on administrative leave earlier this week. Duran has been implicated in the American Soybean Association sought investigation of the United Soybean Board and USSEC. Escobar assumes the interim CEO post immediately.
Escobar has been with USSEC since May 2007 serving as Executive Director. Escobar holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from National University in Colombia. In addition to business management, sales and marketing experience, he also brings a strong technical background in the crop protection, animal health and public health markets. Prior to joining USSEC, Escobar worked for several major multinational agribusiness companies.
USSEC Chairman Scott Fritz says the Board is very confident in their decision that Miguel is the right choice to lead USSEC and his skills and experience will provide a steady hand for USSEC in day-to-day operations. The U.S. Soybean Export Council promotes U.S. soy internationally, helping make soy the highest valued U.S. agricultural export at over $12 billion annually.