Management

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Manager Name: 
Gregory A. Heckman
Manager position: 
Chief Executive Officer
Short bio: 
Gregory A. Heckman has been our CEO since 2019 and also serves on Bunge's board of directors.
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He is Founding Partner of Flatwater Partners and has over 30 years of experience in the agriculture, energy and food processing industries. Most recently, Greg was CEO of The Gavilon Group. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of ConAgra Foods Commercial Products and President and COO of ConAgra Trade Group. He holds a B.S. in agriculture economics and marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Manager Name: 
Deborah Borg
Manager position: 
Executive Vice President and Chief HR and Communications Officer
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Deborah Borg assumed her current role in January 2016.
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She joined Bunge?from Dow Chemical, where she served as President Dow USA, a role in which she was responsible for regional business strategy and external relationships with customers, government organizations and joint venture partners. She started her career at Dow in 2000 as Human Resources Manager for Australia / New Zealand, and went on to hold regional and business HR roles in Asia, Europe and North America. She also served as Global HR Director, Marketing and Sales, and led the Human Capital Planning and Development function for Dow, focusing on talent acquisition, retention, diversity and development. Previously, she?served in HR and talent development roles with General Motors Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Management in Human Resources and a Master in Training and Change Management from Victoria University, Australia.

Manager Name: 
Aaron Buettner
Manager position: 
SVP – Bunge Loders Croklaan (BLC)
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Aaron Buettner assumed his current role in May 2019, after having started his career at Bunge in 2015 as the Vice President - Global Oils segment.
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Prior to joining Bunge, he worked at Cargill for 19 years in a variety of commercial, finance and general management leadership roles in the US, Russia, and Asia Pacific refined oils businesses.? He holds a? Bachelors degree in Accounting and Computer Science from the University of Northern Iowa and earned a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Manager Name: 
Christos Dimopoulos
Manager position: 
President, Global Supply Chains
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Christos Dimopoulos assumed his current role in May 2019.
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He joined Bunge in 2004 and most recently served as senior vice president global grains and oilseeds. Prior to joining Bunge, he held roles of increasing responsibility in Europe and the United States with Tradigrain and Intrade Risk Management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from HEC Lausanne in Business Management & Marketing.

Manager Name: 
Pierre Mauger
Manager position: 
Chief Transformation Officer
Short bio: 
Pierre Mauger assumed his current role in May 2019. He started his career at Bunge in 2013 as Chief Development Officer, having previously been a partner at McKinsey & Company, where from 2009 to 2013 he led the firm’s agriculture service line in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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His work included managing client relationships with leading global companies in the commodity processing and trading, agrochemicals and fertilizer sectors, as well as with governments. He previously was a partner in the firm’s consumer goods practice, having joined McKinsey as an associate in 2000. Prior to that, he worked as an auditor at Nestle? and KPMG. He has a BSc in economics and business finance from Brunel University in the UK and an MBA from INSEAD.

Manager Name: 
John W. Neppl
Manager position: 
Chief Financial Officer
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John W. Neppl assumed his current role in May 2019.
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He joined Bunge from Green Plains Inc., where he served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Green Plains, Mr. Neppl served as chief financial officer of The Gavilon Group, LLC, an?agriculture and energy commodities management firm with an extensive global footprint. Mr.?Neppl held senior financial management positions at ConAgra Foods, Inc., including senior financial officer of ConAgra Trade Group and Commercial Products division as well as assistant corporate controller. Prior to ConAgra, Mr. Neppl was corporate controller at Guarantee Life Companies. He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. He is a member of the Creighton University Heider College of Business Dean's Advisory Board, as well as its Accounting Department Advisory Board. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of Marian High School and Chair of its Finance Committee. Mr. Neppl earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He is also a certified public accountant (inactive status).

Manager Name: 
Raul Padilla
Manager position: 
President, Global Operations
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Raul Padilla assumed his current role in May 2019. Previously, he was CEO of Bunge South America, having served as Managing Director, Bunge Global Agribusiness and CEO, Bunge Product Lines since 2010.
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He had been CEO of Bunge Argentina since 1999, having joined the company in 1997 as commercial director. He has over 30 years’ experience in the oilseed processing and grain handling industries in Argentina, having started his career with La Plata Cereal in 1977. He is a council member of the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oils Industries. He has served as president of the Argentine National Oilseed Crushers Association, president of the Centro de Exportadores de Cereales de Argentina, vice president of the International Association of Seed Crushers and director of the Buenos Aires Cereal Exchange and the Rosario Futures Exchange. He is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires.

Manager Name: 
Robert Wagner
Manager position: 
Chief Risk Officer
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Robert Wagner assumed his current role in June 2019.
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Robert Wagner was most recently based in Houston as Chief Risk Officer at Tricon International, Ltd., with global responsibility and leadership of the company’s risk management team. Prior to Tricon, he was Group Chief Risk Officer at COFCO Agri Ltd in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for leading a team to build and provide world-class risk oversight across the company’s global operations. Prior to COFCO, he?held the Chief Risk Officer position for The Gavilon Group, LLC, where he was member of the firm’s Executive Committee and had responsibility for both the market risk management and credit departments. Mr. Wagner?earned his B.S. degree in international business from Minnesota State University at Moorhead and a Master of Science degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University. He also holds an MBA from Creighton University. He?is a member of the Board of Trustees and prior Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee at The Brownell Talbot School in Omaha, Nebraska.

Manager Name: 
Brian Zachman
Manager position: 
President, Global Risk Management
Short bio: 
Brian Zachman assumed his current role in January 2019.
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He joined Bunge from Millennium Limited Partners where he traded agricultural commodity derivatives as a portfolio manager since 2014.? Prior to that he was a Portfolio Manager with SAC Capital from 2012 to 2014, and has served in various commercial, merchant and trading roles with Cargill, ConAgra and Bunge. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.