Renewable Energy Group currently has an nine-member Board of Directors that sets high standards for the company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the board
to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the company's business.
Chairman of the Board
Jeffrey Stroburg (age 70) has served as a member of our Board since June 2006. Mr. Stroburg has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Southern States Cooperative Inc.
since May 2015. Mr. Stroburg served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company from June 2006 to September 2011. Mr. Stroburg concurrently served as Chief Executive
Officer of West Central Cooperative ("West Central", now known as Landus Cooperative) from October 1999 until January 2015. He also held the position of President of
West Central from July 2003 until January 2015. Prior to joining West Central, Mr. Stroburg was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Eastern Ag Region of Land
O’ Lakes, Inc. an agricultural cooperative, from 1998 to 1999. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Stroburg was President and Chief Executive Officer of CountryMark Cooperative, a
refiner and distributor of diesel, gasoline and other petroleum products. From 1987 to 1997, Mr. Stroburg was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hamilton Farm Bureau
Cooperative, Inc. and held positions within the Missouri Farmers Association. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Stroburg also served as a director for A.C. Toepfer International, a
Hamburg, Germany trading company for agricultural products, and as a director for CF Industries Holdings, Inc., a fertilizer manufacturing company. Mr. Stroburg served on
the board of directors for the Associated Benefits Corporation and the Cooperative Business International. Currently, Mr. Stroburg serves on the board of directors of the
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Mr. Stroburg holds a B.S. from Iowa State University.
Randolph L. Howard
Randolph L. Howard has served as a member of our Board since February 2007 and served as our President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2017 through
January 2019. Mr. Howard is no longer an employee of the Company. From July 2004 to until his retirement in September 2005, Mr. Howard served as Senior Vice President of
the Global Gas Division of Unocal Corporation, an oil company. Prior to that role, Mr. Howard served as Regional Vice President of Unocal’s International Energy Operations
- North ASEAN and President with Unocal Thailand from May 1999 to June 2004. Mr. Howard served in various managerial roles at Unocal over 30 years including Vice
President, Refining and Vice President, Supply, Trading and Transportation. Mr. Howard participated in the advanced executive program at Northwestern University and holds
a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California Berkeley.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cynthia (CJ) Warner
Cynthia J. Warner has served as a director and our President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2019. Previously, Ms. Warner served as Executive Vice
President, Operations for Andeavor (NYSE: ANDV) (formerly known as Tesoro Corporation) from August 2016 to October 2018 when Andeavor was acquired by Marathon
Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC). Prior to that, Ms. Warner served as Andeavor’s Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, since October 2014.
From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Warner was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sapphire Energy, Inc. From 2009 to 2011, Ms. Warner was Chairman and President of Sapphire
Energy. Prior to 2009, Ms. Warner was Group Vice President, Global Refining, at BP plc. Ms. Warner has served as independent member of the Board of Directors of IDEX
Corporation (NYSE: IEX) since February 2013 and of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) since June 2019. She is retiring from the Board of IDEX Corporation immediately
following its Annual Meeting on May 12 of this year. Ms. Warner is also a member of the National Petroleum Council and the Vanderbilt School of Engineering Board of
Advisors. She has a Bachelor of engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology. Ms. Warner’s
employment agreement with us provides that she will serve as a director.
Walter Berger (age 65) joined REG’s Board of Directors in September 2020. Mr. Berger currently serves as President, Chief Operating Officer, and director of KYMETA Corporation, a satellite technology and communications company headquartered in Redmond, Washington. Before joining KYMETA, Mr. Berger served as Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer at Nuvectra (NASDAQ), a company focused on innovating and developing leading hardware and software technology relating to its neurostimulation platform. Before that, Mr. Berger served as Chief Financial Officer of AppDynamics Inc., a venture-backed next-generation application intelligence company from October 2013 until March 2015. From 2012 until 2013, Mr. Berger was the Chief Financial Officer of private equity-owned SoftLayer, a cloud computing company that was acquired by IBM. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Berger served as Chief Financial Officer at Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ). He also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for each of CBS Radio, Inc. and Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ). Prior to Emmis, Mr. Berger served as Group President of the Energy Marketing Division for LG&E Energy Corporation (NYSE), where he previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Berger has served on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards, including Sirius Computer Solutions, a national integrator of technology-based business solutions, until late 2017. Mr. Berger holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
James C. Borel has served as a member of our Board since March 2018. Mr. Borel has served as a director of Farmers Edge Inc. (TSE: FDGE) from May 2016 to present, director of Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) from October 2016 to present, director of Just, Inc. from October 2017 to present, and director of AeroFarms, Inc. from February 2020 to present. Mr. Borel retired from his position as Executive Vice President at DuPont de Nemours, Inc. ("Dupont") in 2016, having served the company since 1978. During his tenure at DuPont, Mr. Borel held various positions in sales management, human resources, agricultural products manufacturing and business leadership. Mr. Borel also brings extensive international business experience with three assignments abroad and responsibilities extending beyond the U.S. for over 25 years. Mr. Borel holds a BS in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University.
Delbert Christensen has served as a member of our Board since August 2006. Mr. Christensen was a director of West Central Cooperative, Inc., from 1993 to 2014.
Mr. Christensen was the Chairman of the Board of West Central from June 2010 to June 2012. Since January 2004, he has served as the President of CHMD Pork, Inc. a hog
producer. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Soybean Association from October 2009 to October 2010 and was on the Board of Directors of the Iowa
Soybean Association from 2003 through 2014. He was on the executive board of the U.S. Meat Export Federation from January 2017 to January 2018. Mr. Christensen serves
on the Soybean Promotion and Research Board and the United Soybean Board. Mr. Christensen holds a B.S. in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University.
Debora M. Frodl has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2018. Ms. Frodl has served as a member of the Board of Directors for XL Hybrids,
Inc., a private company, since 2018. Ms. Frodl has recently joined the Board of Directors for Spring Valley Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company
(NASDAQ: SV). Ms. Frodl served as the Global Executive Director for Ecomagination at General Electric Company ("GE") from December 2012 through December 2017,
where she expanded GE’s clean technology strategy. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Frodl served as Chief Strategy Officer & Global Alternative Fuels Leader for GE, leading the
company to decarbonize its commercial fleet through deployment of alternative fuel vehicles. Prior to this position, Ms. Frodl gained over twenty years of senior executive
experience at GE Capital, serving in roles including Senior Vice President and CEO and President. Since 2014, Ms. Frodl has served as an ambassador for the Clean Energy,
Education & Empowerment for Women Initiative, a collaboration between U.S. Department of Energy, MIT and Stanford. She also has served as a Director for the Advanced
Energy Economy, an organization of businesses working to make energy secure, clean, and affordable since 2014. She also served on the Advisory Board for the National
Renewable Energy Lab, Joint Institute of Strategic Energy Analysis and has been a certified Governance Fellow for the National Association of Corporate Directors since
2018. Ms. Frodl completed an executive program, Making Corporate Boards Most Effective, at Harvard Business School and she holds an M.B.A. from the University of St.
Thomas and B.S.B.A. from Minnesota State University.
Peter J. M. Harding has served as a member of our Board since December 2014. Most recently, he was the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Westway Group,
Inc. (“Westway”), a liquid storage and liquid animal feed business, from May 2009 until his retirement in June 2010. Prior to joining Westway, Mr. Harding served in various
roles at ED&F Man Holdings Limited, including as member of the board of directors and as Managing Director, molasses and palm oil trading, feed products, third party
storage and biofuels division. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Westway Holdings Corporation from 1997 to 2006. Concurrent with his service as Chief Executive
Officer, he served as President of Westway Terminal Company, Inc. from 2001 to 2004. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Harding was Chief Executive Officer of ED&F Man’s North
American Cocoa Processing Group and prior to that was Chief Executive Officer of Savannah Cocoa, Inc. from 1992 to 1995. Mr. Harding served as Vice President of Sales &
Marketing of Refined Sugars, Inc. from 1985 to 1989. Additionally, Mr. Harding owned and managed an asset management firm and commodity fund during the late 1980s and
Christopher D. Sorrells has served as a member of our Board since November 2008. In September 2016, he was appointed to be Vice Chairman of our Board of
Directors and in January 2019 transitioned to Lead Independent Director. Currently, Mr. Sorrells is Chief Executive Officer and a director of each of Spring Valley Acquisition
Corp. (NASDAQ: SV) and Spring Valley Acquisition Corporation II. Prior to Spring Valley, he was Interim CEO of Wellsite Fishing & Rentals Services, LLCs, an oilfield
services company focused on the Marcellus region. From August 2015 to September 2019, he was a member of the Board of Directors and the Chief Operating Officer of GSE
Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: GVP), a publicly traded engineering and expert staffing company for the power and process industries. From 2005 to 2015, he served as Managing
Director at NGP Energy Technology Partners, L.P., a private equity firm investing in companies that provide products and services to the energy, power and environmental
industries. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Sorrells worked at Clarity Partners, L.P. a private equity firm, focused on growth and LBO transactions. Mr. Sorrells served as a principal
with Banc of America Securities from 1998 to 2002 and as an associate with Salomon Smith Barney Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SB) from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Sorrells holds an
M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. from Washington and Lee University.