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United Soybean Board Announces Management Team


Keenan McRoberts, Darryl Chatman, Sandi Schwarzen, John Jansen, Doug Ackerman
and Regina Cleary announced as USB’s leadership team.

St. Louis (June 19, 2024) — The United Soybean Board, representing the half-million U.S. soybean farmers, announces new management to further the Board’s mission of creating value through research, education and promotion investments. On behalf of the Board of Directors, CEO Lucas Lentsch’s management group works to assure greater transparency, efficiency and accountability across the U.S. Soy ecosystem.

The new management team includes:

  • Keenan McRoberts, Ph.D. – Executive Vice President, Strategy. McRoberts leads USB’s investment strategy team. His oversight ensures high impact and returns on strategic investments throughout USB’s portfolio.
  • Darryl Chatman – Executive Vice President, Compliance. Chatman leads USB’s compliance and governance oversight. In addition, he provides parliamentary and legal guidance and is the executive staff liaison to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, Foreign Agricultural Service and Office of the General Counsel.
  • Sandi Schwarzen, CPA – Executive Vice President, Finance. Schwarzen leads USB’s financial affairs, including financial risk management, accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, revenue projections, banking, collections and auditing.
  • John Jansen – Senior Vice President, Marketing. Jansen supports USB’s marketing strategy by engaging the soybean value chain and identifying demand opportunities. His expertise drives soybean oil investments and engagement with consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies.
  • Doug Ackerman – Senior Vice President, Reputation & Insights. New to the team, Ackerman will lead USB’s reputation and insights strategy, including integrated communications. He will also advise board members and staff on all reputation-related matters and oversee U.S. Soy and soy checkoff brand channels.
  • Regina Cleary – Vice President, Board Relations & Farmer Outreach. Cleary leads USB’s board engagement and farmer outreach strategy. In addition, she manages USB’s internal operations, facilitates office processes and coordinates logistics for the Board.

All appointments were effective June 17, 2024.



About the United Soybean Board:
The United Soybean Board’s 77 volunteer farmer-leaders work on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers to achieve maximum value for their soy checkoff investments. These volunteers create value by investing in research, education and promotion with the vision to deliver sustainable soy solutions to every life, every day across the three priority areas of Infrastructure & Connectivity, Health & Nutrition, and Innovation & Technology. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff. For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit




Paul Murphy-Spooner, United Soybean Board, 515-975-6584

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