ARLINGTON, Virginia – U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) promotes Chad Weigand to Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, based in Cape Town, South Africa, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Weigand has been Assistant Regional Director since December 2018 and is replacing Regional Director Gerald Theus who retired on Dec. 31, 2019.
“Chad’s experience as our market analyst and effectively representing U.S. wheat farmers in different regions around the world is ideal for him to head up our effort in this competitive set of markets,” said USW Vice President of Overseas Operations Mike Spier. “He will be a positive leader for our team and will continue working hard for U.S. wheat farmers.”
Weigand joined USW in 2009 as Market Analyst in the Arlington, Va., Headquarters Office before transferring to Mexico City as Assistant Regional Director in 2011. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and business administration from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. Weigand spent two years in the Peace Corps as an agribusiness specialist in Ecuador and completed an internship with the Office of Trade Programs at USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
USW’s mission is to “develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance wheat’s profitability for U.S. wheat producers and its value for their customers.” USW activities in more than 100 countries are made possible through producer checkoff dollars managed by 17 state wheat commissions and cost-share funding provided by USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service.
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