July 5, 2023
Fran Malecha has been named president and chief executive officer of Amalgamated Sugar Co., a grower-owned sugarbeet processing company. Malecha will take over as CEO on July 31, 2023.
Current CEO John McCreedy is retiring and will serve as an advisor during the transition as he concludes more than eight years as CEO. McCreedy joined the company in 2004 and served in various roles before being promoted to president and CEO in 2015. Under his leadership, the company built an industry-leading safety program, completed numerous foundational and strategic initiatives, and significantly increased financial returns to its shareholders.
“We are thrilled to have Fran Malecha join the Amalgamated team. His extensive experience in multiple industries and his proven track record of leadership, performance, growth, and value creation make him the ideal candidate to continue our legacy of excellence," said Mike Garner, chairman of Amalgamated Sugar. "We are immensely grateful for John McCreedy’s invaluable contributions to our employees and shareholders, and his leadership will be greatly missed.”
Malecha brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in executive leadership roles within the agricultural and mining industries, domestically and internationally. His extensive background makes him an ideal candidate to guide Amalgamated Sugar Company into a new era of success and prosperity.
His career includes executive positions at Compass Minerals International and Viterra. As President and CEO of Compass Minerals, a salt and specialty plant nutrition mining and manufacturing company, Malecha was pivotal in improving operational performance, driving profitable growth, and fostering a transformative culture.
While at Viterra, a multinational Agri-Business, Malecha served as COO, overseeing operations across multiple continents and successfully navigating the company through a period of substantial growth. His visionary leadership and strategic initiatives resulted in significant achievements, including the successful integration of Agricore United and the acquisition of ABB Grain.
“I am honored to lead this exceptional company. With a legacy built on high standards in production agriculture, factory operations, and shareholder value, Amalgamated Sugar has established itself as a trusted leader in the sugarbeet processing industry. I look forward to working closely with the Board and management team to create additional value for our shareholders, partners and customers," said Malecha.
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