Growth Energy taps industry veteran to head global markets

By Growth Energy | May 09, 2018

Growth Energy announced today the appointment of Craig Willis as its senior vice president of global markets, effective June 1. In this new role, Willis will oversee the organization’s market development efforts to increase ethanol’s footprint both at home and abroad. Willis previously served as president of ethanol for Archer Daniels Midland.

“As we continue to lead in expanding market access and growing demand for American biofuels, Craig will take our efforts to new heights,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “Craig is an ethanol all-star. He has an exceptional track record of building meaningful business and stakeholder partnerships that deliver desired outcomes. Growth Energy will benefit from his experience and leadership in every aspect of the business. This new position ensures that our leadership and success in domestic market development via Prime the Pump is matched in the global markets.”

Willis joins Growth Energy after more than 25 years at ADM, where he served as president of the ethanol business since 2015. Willis’ successes in spearheading commercial development, opening new markets abroad, and helping to lead Prime the Pump as a board member give him a head start in building out an aggressive strategy for further growth for the entire ethanol sector.

“I am looking forward to knocking down barriers and building on the success of Growth Energy’s work both in facilitating the advancement of E15 with Prime the Pump and increasing ethanol’s global footprint,” said Willis. “I grew up on a farm in the midst of the ag crisis, so I understand that ethanol is the only true way to grow demand for corn and I’m excited join an exceptional team at Growth Energy to continue providing pathways for even greater market expansion for American ethanol and its coproducts.”

Willis is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Agricultural Economy.