Arason set to step down as CWB head

by Chrystal Shannon
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Greg Arason, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Wheat Board, announced he would not extend his current two-year term, set to expire at the end of the year.

The organization’s board of directors in December had proposed a one-year extension of Arason’s term.

Ken Ritter, CWB chairman, said they would work toward an orderly transition of executive responsibility, and added "we are pleased that CWB management, staff and customers will have the benefit of Greg’s leadership until the end of his current term."

Arason became president and c.e.o. of CWB in 1998, when the corporate governance of the organization changed from a board of government-appointed commissioners to a 15-member board of directors, 10 of whom are elected by Prairie farmers. Arason has been involved in the Prairie grain industry for more than 30 years and was formerly c.e.o. of Manitoba Pool Elevators, as well as past director of several grain operations.