OMAHA, NEB. — Bill Hahn and Ed Prosser will join The Scoular Co. in the respective positions of senior vice-president of business development and vice-president of commodity risk management. Both executives will start in mid-October and will office in the company’s headquarters in Omaha, reporting to Paul Maass, chief executive officer.
Mr. Hahn steps into the role previously held by John M. Heck, a longtime Scoular executive who will be retiring in May 2019. Mr. Heck will remain in a senior vice-president role with Scoular and will be partnering with Mr. Hahn during the transition and working on strategic projects.
Mr. Hahn joins Scoular from Conagra Brands, where he most recently was senior vice-president of mergers and acquisitions, focusing on strategy development, target identification, deal execution and integration. He began his 25-year career with Conagra Brands as a treasury analyst. In the years that followed, he made his way up the ranks of the organization, working in Conagra Brands’ M.&A. and strategic planning group with increasing levels of responsibility.
He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Creighton University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
“Bill is a seasoned M.&A. and strategy professional who’s been at the forefront of numerous strategic acquisitions, divestitures, and merger activities throughout his career,” Mr. Maass said. “I’m thrilled to have him join our team and to have the luxury of an extended period during which Bill will work closely with John to ensure a smooth and productive transition.”
As vice-president of commodity risk management, Mr. Prosser will be working closely with the company’s operating divisions to manage Scoular’s commodity and other trade-related risk, as well as developing and enhancing producer- and end-user-focused risk management programs.
Prior to Scoular, Mr. Prosser was chief trade and risk officer at Gavilon. He began his career in agribusiness at ConAgra Foods, where he worked in a variety of roles over a 24-year time span, eventually serving as vice-president and general manager of agricultural risk strategies. In 2008, he joined Gavilon and held vice-president roles with responsibilities related to ingredient trading and commodity risk management prior to serving in his most recent position.
He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University.
“With 33 years of experience, Ed brings a deep understanding of commodity trading and trade-related risk management to Scoular,” Mr. Maass said.