Philippe de Lapérouse of HighQuest Partners Joins Board of Directors at Sodrugestvo Management Company, Ltd.

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Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director of HighQuest Partners and Director of the firm's Global Food and Agribusiness Practice, has joined the Board of Directors of Sodrugestvo Management Company, Ltd., one of the fastest growing companies in the global oilseed industry and the largest independent soybean crusher in Europe.

Philippe de Lapérouse, Managing Director of HighQuest Partners and Director of the firm's Global Food and Agribusiness Practice, has been named to the Board of Directors of Sodrugestvo Management Company, Ltd. Based in Kaliningrad, Russia, Sodrugestvo is one of the fastest growing companies in the global oilseed industry and the largest independent soybean crusher in Europe.

"I am honored to be invited to join Sodrugestvo's Board of Directors with so many esteemed colleagues from around the world at a time when the company is well-positioned to increase its profile as a leading player in the global oilseed industry. I look forward to working with Sodrugestvo's senior management team and shareholders in support of their efforts to develop and implement a new strategic vision for the company in the current economic environment. This relationship will also enhance HighQuest Partners' global profile as we continue to grow our international advisory business," said Mr. de Lapérouse.

Mr. de Lapérouse joined HighQuest Partners, an international strategic advisory and management consulting firm, in 2006 as Director of its Global Food and Agribusiness practice and head of its St. Louis, Missouri, office. He was promoted to Managing Director of the firm in 2008. He possesses more than 25 years experience in senior leadership positions within global companies in the international agribusiness and private equity investing sectors.

Prior to joining High Quest, he was a Principal at Vanikoro Advisory LLC where he advised clients on their financial and global expansion strategies. Previously, he was associated with the Fund for Large Enterprises in Russia (FLER), a private equity fund investing in Russian enterprises and joint ventures with Western companies. At FLER, he was responsible for the firm's flagship Moscow office and overseeing investment activity.

He also served as Director of Business Development for Bunge North America, Inc., the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG). In that capacity, he was responsible for the company's efforts to expand its industrial operations into Mexico and the Caribbean Basin, biotech and e-commerce initiatives, and public relations / corporate communications before and after Bunge's successful IPO in 2001. He has also held senior line management positions at Ralston Purina International in both the United States and Europe.

Also named to the Sodrugestvo Board are:

  • Yury N. Khitrov, former Director of the Structured Finance Department and Member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Moscow. Mr. Khitrov earlier served as Deputy Chief of the Credit Directorate and subsequently Chief of the Debt Program Directorate at Alfa-Bank. He is a native of Russia.
  • Jean-François Pinard, recently retired from the World Bank Group (WBG). At WBG, his positions included Director of the Agribusiness Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector arm of the WBG, where he was responsible for managing IFC's global investment portfolio in agriculture, agribusiness and food production. Mr. Pinard is a native of France.
  • Poul Schroeder, former Director of European Agribusiness and Chairman of Bunge S.A. Geneva. Prior to joining Bunge, Mr. Schroeder held several management positions at Continental Grain Company, including General Manager Europe and Chairman of Finagrain (Conti Geneva) in 1990 with additional responsibilities for Africa and the Far East. Now an independent consultant, he is a native of Denmark.

About Sodrugestvo
Sodrugestvo (http://www.sodrugestvo.com), founded in 1994, is one of the fastest growing players in the global oilseed industry and the largest independent soybean crusher in Europe. The company is the leading importer, crusher and distributor of soybeans in Russia, the C.I.S. countries and the Baltic region, as well as one of the largest players on the Russian oilseeds market. Sodrugestvo's head office and main production facility in the Kaliningrad Oblast. The company also owns Scanmills, is a minority shareholder in Hantholms Fiskemelfabrik in Denmark and co-owns along with Bunge Danstore (a subsidiary of Bunge Ltd.) a grain terminal in Liepaya, Latvia. Sodrugestvo has more than 2,000 employees in 15 countries. The company's consolidated sales in the year ending June 30th 2008 exceeded US $ 728 million.

About HighQuest Partners, LLC
HighQuest Partners (http://www.highquestpartners.com) is a strategic advisory and management consulting firm that helps global food, soya, oilseed, agribusiness and agri-transportation executives make decisions about strategy, investments/M&A and governance initiatives. Since its founding in 2000, the firm has completed more than 200 engagements for leading companies around the world. HighQuest Partners' Group Companies include ComplianceQuest Partners (http://www.hqcompliance.com) and Soyatech (http://www.soyatech.com), a global media, marketing and event company that assists food, oilseed, agribusiness, and agri-transportation sector firms to assess and develop market opportunities through its publications, conferences, webinars and widely used internet platform. Based in Topsfield, MA, HighQuest Partners also operates an office in St. Louis, Missouri.

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