Growth Energy’s Tom Buis steps back from CEO role, becomes co-chair Co-chair of the Board of Directors

In Washington, Growth Energy announced today that CEO Tom Buis has been named as co-chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. Buis will join POET Founder and Executive Chairman Jeff Broin as co-chairmen of the Growth Energy board. In his new role Buis will remain actively involved in member activities and policy matters important to the industry. Buis will continue overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization until a new CEO has been appointed.

Former NATO supreme commander Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) has served as co-chairman of Growth with Broin until this time. The organization has not yet clarified the General’s role going forward, but he remains listed on the organization’s board of directors.

“I love this job and I love advocating for an industry that means so much for America,” Buis said. “As co-chair, I will remain engaged in growing membership and advocating for policies that benefit American farmers and consumers, but I’m also at a point in life where I’m ready to assume more of a guiding role as a leader on the board. I am proud of the accomplishments we have had at Growth Energy, as it has grown from a startup to the largest trade association representing the ethanol industry in America.”

“We couldn’t ask for more from a leader than what Tom Buis has provided as CEO of Growth Energy,” Broin said. “He is a tireless advocate not only for ethanol but for rural America and for every driver in America. I’m thankful that he is willing to continue to provide insight and guidance for this industry now and in the future.”

Growth Energy has retained Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest executive search firm, to lead a nationwide search for its next CEO.

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