WASHINGTON, DC, US — Cary Sifferath, who has nearly three decades of experience managing the international presence of the US Grains Council (USGC), has been promoted from senior director of global programs to vice president, the USGC announced April 18.

As vice president, Sifferath will supervise all overseas offices and operations regarding the promotion of US corn, sorghum, barley, co-products and ethanol for the USGC. With full-time presence in 28 locations, the USGC operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union.

“Cary’s 28 years of experience at the Council will serve as a steady pillar for the entire organization as we move forward in ever dynamic markets and geopolitical situations affecting trade of the products we market globally,” said Ryan LeGrand, president and chief executive officer of the USGC. “The depth of knowledge on international markets and trade that Cary brings to the executive department will serve us all well.”

Sifferath was hired by the USGC as manager of international operations for Asia in 1993. His career with the Council then took him to the Kuala Lumpur office and began what would be 19 years spent running four of the USGC’s overseas offices, in Malaysia, Japan, China and Tunisia. Still managing the Tunisia office, he moved back to Washington in 2014 and became senior director of global programs in summer 2015.

“I look forward to working with our board, our members and our global staff to bring my experience in market development and global operations into my new role as vice president,” Sifferath said. “Leadership will be vital for the Council as global trade policies and trade flows are continuing to change and the council needs to stay on the leading edge of policies and trade flows changes as they affect exports of feed grains in all forms.”