ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, U.S. — Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited, announced on Jan. 7 that Matt Gibson joined Bunge North America as vice-president and general manager of its grain operations.
The company also promoted George Allard to vice-president and chief financial officer. Allard replaces Todd Bastean who was promoted to chief executive officer (CEO) for Bunge North America effective June 1, 2013.
Gibson joined Bunge from Gavilon where he most recently served as regional vice-president of its northern grain group. He has more than 18 years of experience in the industry having been responsible for trading and operational management. Gibson began his career as a merchandiser trainee for Continental Grain in 1995 and also worked for the ConAgra Trade Group, which became a part of Gavilon.
Allard joined Bunge in 2004 as treasurer of Bunge North America. He then served as chief financial officer for the company's Canadian operations and for Bunge Latin America before returning to Bunge North America where he served as head of North America's milling operations before moving to his most recent role as vice president and general manager of North America's oils business.
"George's experience leading key business units along with his financial background provide the right skills for this position and we look forward to his continued leadership," said Todd Bastean, president and CEO, Bunge North America. "We are also pleased to have Matt join our team. He is a well-respected leader in the industry who brings to Bunge a successful track record in facility and trading management."