US Wheat Associates (USW) announces the retirement of Goris van Lit, Regional Director for Europe, the Former Soviet Union and Israel, and promotes Ian Flagg, Regional Director, who will add Mr van Lit’s responsibilities and continue to direct activities in the Middle East and North Africa region effective February 1, 2016.
Based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Mr van Lit has worked for USW for 30 years. Mr Flagg, who joined USW in 2005, is also based in Rotterdam and will now have responsibility for that office as well as offices in Moscow, Cairo and Casablanca. USW is the export market development organisation for the US wheat industry.
|Goris van Lit|
“With Goris’ retirement, USW is taking the next step in this strategic realignment to more closely coordinate and concentrate our activities on high-quality market segments across the broader region."
“We cannot thank Goris enough for his many years of dedicated service representing US wheat farmers,” Mr Peterson said.
“I served with Goris in the region and saw firsthand the value of his market knowledge, stable management skills and unwavering advocacy for US wheat. We will all miss working with him very much, but we wish Goris and his wife Lilian a long and enjoyable retirement.
“Looking forward, Ian has proven his ability to analyse changing market conditions and identify the best opportunities for US wheat exports first in Cairo, then Casablanca,” Mr Peterson noted.
“I am very confident that he will be equally effective with his expanded responsibilities.”
Minnesota native Ian Flagg served USW as Assistant Director, West Coast Office, Portland, Oregon, and as Market Analyst in the Headquarters office in Arlington, Virginia, before accepting a position in 2009 as Assistant Director for the Middle East, East and North Africa region in Cairo. He was promoted to Regional Director in 2014 and moved to Casablanca. Mr Flagg has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and a master’s degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics from North Dakota State University.
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