Viterra Inc.

Viterra Inc.

March 31, 2009 11:56 ET

Viterra Appoints Two Senior Vice-Presidents

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 31, 2009) - Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT) is pleased to announce the promotions of two of its executives. Ray Dean has been appointed Senior Vice-President, General Counsel/Corporate Secretary and Colleen Vancha has been promoted to Senior Vice-President Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs.

Ms. Vancha oversees investor relations, public affairs and brand management programs for Viterra. She joined the Company in 1988 and established the Investor Relations Division in 1996 when the Company went public. Ms. Vancha played a key role in the Company's restructuring, recapitalization and subsequent acquisition of Agricore United. Recently, she has taken on a more global focus in working to increase the visibility of Viterra among a variety of international stakeholders. Ms. Vancha is a director and executive member of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute's Board, a director for the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of its Finance Committee.

Mr. Dean joined Viterra in 2003 as Vice-President, General Counsel/Corporate Secretary. Prior to his appointment, he was a partner with Balfour Moss Barristers and Solicitors. From 1991 to 1996, he provided counsel for the BC Hydro and Power Authority as a solicitor specializing in contracts for both domestic and international power sales. Mr. Dean has significant experience in securities law and corporate governance matters and has been a key contributor to Viterra's transformation. Over the past year, he has been a key player in helping to shape the Company's growth strategy, providing leadership in due diligence and integration planning activities.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Mayo Schmidt said, "It is my pleasure to recognize these two individuals for their continued contributions to Viterra. They have played key roles in the transformation of this organization. They are well-respected within their fields and within the industry. Their expertise, coupled with the leadership we have been building throughout the organization over the past several years, positions us well as we look to expand our influence in the global agri-business community."

Viterra Inc. is Canada's leading agribusiness, with extensive operations and distribution capabilities across Western Canada, and with operations in the United States, Japan and Singapore. The Company is diversified into sales and services of crop inputs and equipment, grain handling and marketing, livestock feed, agri-food processing and financial products. These operations are complemented by value-added businesses and strategic alliances, which allow Viterra to leverage its pivotal position between Prairie farmers and destination customers. The Company's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VT.

Contact Information

  • Viterra Inc.
    Peter Flengeris
    Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs
    (306) 569-4810