YUMA, AZ - (Sept 8th, 2016) - Gowan Group announced today the addition of Ejnar Knudsen to its Board of Directors . The Board oversees operational and investment strategy for all facets of The Gowan Group including the Gowan Companies, Gowan Milling, Desert Depot, Dune Companies, and a number of other entities worldwide. Ejnar will replace Jim Campbell.
Ejnar oversees the investment process of AGR Partners as its CEO. He also serves on the board of two of AGR’s portfolio companies, Ridley Corp (RIC.ASX), Australia’s largest animal feed and rendering company, as well as Opal Foods, a shell egg producer in Missouri and Colorado, USA. Ejnar founded AGR in 2012 with more than 20 years of prior experience operating and investing in food and agribusiness companies. From 2009 to 2012, Ejnar was Co-Portfolio Manager of Passport Capital’s Agriculture Fund. From 2001 to 2007, Ejnar served as Executive Vice President of Western Milling, a California startup grain and feed milling company that grew to over $1 billion in sales. From 1991 to 2001 Ejnar was Vice President for Rabobank in New York, managing a loan portfolio, venture capital investments, and corporate advisory services in the food and agriculture sectors. He is also chair of the Dairy Club (a group of leading producers and industry participants), is a director on the California Ag Leadership Foundation board and chairs its finance committee, and is a member of the Farm Foundation. He was a co-founder of Materra, a special situations farming company, and currently serves as a director on its board. Ejnar received his B.S. from Cornell University and is a CFA charter holder. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children in Exeter, California.
Juli Jessen, Gowan Group CEO, said, “We are very pleased with this addition to our board as Enjar has proven to have a prescient view on future scenarios based on current events and exhibits an extreme bias to action.” Gowan Group is confident Ejnar will contribute substantially to its board of directors as his experience and skillset are in direct alignment with the company’s innovative, long-term investment and marketing strategy.