OMAHA — The board of directors of The Scoular Co. has elected Charles (Chuck) Elsea as chief executive officer. He succeeds Randal Linville, who has retired after 25 years with the company, including the past 10 as president and c.e.o.

Mr. Elsea takes over as c.e.o. after spending the past eight years as senior vice-president and director at Scoular. In total, he has been with the company for 28 years.

"I am fortunate to have this opportunity at a time when Scoular’s leadership team and employees throughout North America are both aligned with and well grounded in our strategy," Mr. Elsea said. "We will continue on the course that has generated considerable success in the last many years, focusing on promising agricultural markets that are growing and changing."

Marshall Faith, chairman of the board of directors at Scoular, expressed confidence in the company’s future "particularly with the strong leadership of both Chuck Elsea and 20-year company veteran Bob Ludington, who is beginning his third year in the critical role of chief operating officer. Bob has both experience and thorough understanding of our operations, and as a result, he continues to manage our diverse portfolio with great skill and foresight."

Mr. Faith also thanked Mr. Linville for his service to Scoular.

"We would not be the company we are today without Randy’s vision and leadership to align company resources and build a diverse business portfolio," Mr. Faith said. "The fruits of those efforts will remain with us for some time to come."