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American Soybean Association hires new CEO

The American Soybean Association  board tapped a familiar Washington, D.C., farm hand to lead their organization.  

The board announced Monday that, after an extensive search, Ryan Findlay has been selected to lead the organization. He fills a position previously held by Steve Censky, who left ASA last year after he was nominated to serve as deputy secretary of agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  

Most recently, Findlay worked as Syngenta’s industry relations lead for North America.

Prior to joining Syngenta, Findlay worked as a regional representative and national legislative counsel for the Michigan Farm Bureau. Before that, he was office manager for former Michigan State Senator Cameron Brown.

Findlay holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Western Michigan University and a master's of business from Northwood University. He, his wife Gretchen and two children will be relocating to the St. Louis area to lead ASA.

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