WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK, U.S.  — Bunge Limited announced on Dec. 9 the appointment of Michael Goettl to the position of chief executive officer (CEO), Bunge Asia, effective Jan. 1, 2014. 

Goettl, currently chief operating officer, Bunge Asia, succeeds Christopher White, who, after leading Bunge’s Asian operations for 10 years, will remain with Bunge as a senior advisor managing strategic initiatives for the company. 
“Mike is the ideal leader for the next era of Bunge’s growth in Asia,” said Soren Schroder, CEO, Bunge Limited. “His long experience in the region gives him deep understanding of the markets and a great appreciation for what is important to our customers. Mike is also an outstanding operator, with a track record of delivering results in existing businesses and creating value from new investments.” 
Goettl joined Bunge in 2005. Prior to being named COO, Bunge Asia, he served in a number of management roles, including agribusiness director, Asia, co-managing director, China, and business development director, Asia. Before joining Bunge, he served as president of China Food & Agricultural Services and vice-president of Asia/Latin American Marketing at Louis Dreyfus. He has a master’s of science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s of arts degree in international studies from the University of St. Thomas-Minnesota. 
“Chris leaves a great legacy. Under his leadership, Bunge grew from a marketer to a major industrial operator in Asia, with strong positions in key markets like China, Vietnam and India, a reputation for high-quality customer service, and a strong portfolio of industrial and consumer products,” Schroder said. “We thank him for his leadership in Asia and look forward to his further contributions as an advisor to the company.”