AMES, IOWA, U.S. — Mark Miner has been named interim chief executive officer of Landus Cooperative. He succeeds Milan Kucerak, who will depart the cooperative on Oct. 11.

Miner is currently the cooperative’s chief financial officer. He has more than three decades of cooperative experience, and prior to Landus was CFO and vice-president of administration at Farmers Cooperative. He also was location manager at Mid-Iowa Cooperative, and began his career at his family’s agronomy company, Miner Farm Supply.

“As a cooperative committed to our members, employees and industry partners, we are ready to propel forward under new leadership,” said John Scott, president of the board of directors. “As a financially sound business, we are focused on advocating for our members at the local level, growing relationships with our customers, providing profit-driven grain marketing and agronomic solutions, and building off of the successes of our animal nutrition business.”

Kucerak joined the cooperative in 2006 and helped grow the cooperative’s value-added animal nutrition business as well as building the foundation for Landus Cooperative.

The board of directors has retained Clifton Larson Allen (CLA) who is conducting an internal and nationwide external search.