Experienced Leadership to Move Forward
The Management Team of Green Plains has over 120 years of diversified business experience. Each member is committed to building long-term shareholder value.
President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Todd Becker has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2009 and was appointed as a director in March 2009. Mr. Becker has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a director, of the general partner of Green Plains Partners LP since March 2015.
Chief Financial Officer
John Neppl has served as Chief Financial Officer since Sept. 2017. Mr. Neppl most recently served as chief financial officer of The Gavilon Group, LLC, an agriculture and energy commodities management firm with an extensive global footprint.
Chief Operating Officer and President, Green Plains Ethanol
Jeff Briggs assumed the role of President, Green Plains ethanol in January of 2018, responsible for the ethanol platform's operations and strategy. Mr. Briggs has also served as Chief Operating Officer since November 2009. Mr. Briggs served as a consultant to us from July 2009 to November 2009. Prior to his consulting role, he was Founder and General Partner of Frigate Capital, LLC, a private investment partnership investing in small and mid-sized companies, from January 2004 through January 2009.
Chief Development Officer
Patrich Simpkins has served as Chief Development Officer since October 2014, also previously serving as Chief Risk Officer from October 2014 through August 2016. Prior to joining Green Plains in May 2012 as Executive Vice President – Finance and Treasurer, Mr. Simpkins was Managing Partner of GPS Capital Partners, LLC, a capital advisory firm serving global energy and commodity clients.
Chief Legal and Administration Officer
Michelle Mapes assumed the role of Chief Legal and Administration officer in January of 2018, responsible for all legal affairs, compliance and regulatory matters, board liaison and corporate secretary duties, insurance, government relations, organizational development and strategic compensation initiatives. Ms. Mapes served as Executive Vice President – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from November 2009 to January of 2018. Prior to joining Green Plains in September 2009 as General Counsel, Ms. Mapes was a Partner at Husch Blackwell LLP, where for three years she focused her legal practice nearly exclusively in renewable energy.
Executive Vice President - Commercial Operations
Walter Cronin has served as Executive Vice President – Commercial Operations since August 2015. Mr. Cronin served as Chief Investment Officer of Green Plains Asset Management LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Green Plains, from November 2011 to August 2015.
Executive Vice President - Human Resources
Mark Hudak has served as Executive Vice President – Human Resources since November 2013. Prior to joining Green Plains in January 2013 as Vice President – Human Resources, Mr. Hudak served as Senior Director, Global Human Resources for Bimbo Bakeries from November 2010 to January 2013.
Executive Vice President - Commodity Finance
Paul Kolomaya has served as Executive Vice President – Commodity Finance since February 2012. Prior to joining Green Plains in August 2008 as Vice President – Commodity Finance, Mr. Kolomaya was employed by ConAgra Foods, Inc. from March 1997 to August 2008 in a variety of senior finance and accounting capacities, both domestic and international.
Executive Vice President – Gas & Power