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Kanza Cooperative names next CEO

Alan Woodard is named CEO as Bruce Krehbiel retires after 36 years.

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The board of directors of the Kanza Cooperative Association has named Alan Woodard as its next CEO.

The selection of a new CEO follows the retirement announcement of Bruce Krehbiel, who has served the cooperative for over 36 years.

“Alan is a proven leader and advocate for cooperatives," said Alvin Neville, board vhairman. "We look forward to collaborating with him to ensure the continued long-term success of our company. The board of directors would also like to express their deepest gratitude to Bruce Krehbiel for his leadership and service to Kanza Cooperative Association over the last 36 years. His loyalty and commitment to the cooperative principals is unmatched.”

Woodard has been the CEO of CoMark Equity Alliance (CEA) since 2017. Prior to that he had a long and successful career in banking and finance leadership, most recently with Farm Credit of Southern Colorado and CoBank. He is a graduate of Emporia State University.

"Kanza has been serving farmers in central and southcentral Kansas for over 100 years," said Woodard. "The opportunity to lead this cooperative following Bruce’s highly successful tenure is truly humbling. I look forward to working closely with the board, employees and members of the cooperative.”

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