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The Andersons Announces DePompei to Retire, Blanchett to Lead HR

Company Press Release

MAUMEE, Ohio, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) announces Arthur D. DePompei, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, will retire April 30. Valerie M. (Val) Blanchett will become Vice President of Human Resources, effective February 15. DePompei will provide assistance during the transition.

“Val is a connected and inclusive thinker with demonstrated ability to influence at all levels of the organization,” says CEO Pat Bowe. “She is a consultative and trusted Human Resources leader who I know can help drive business results. I am proud to have Val as a part of our senior leadership team.”

Blanchett has more than 30 years of extensive HR experience, including organizational effectiveness, leading large-scale cultural change, talent management, labor relations and merger and acquisition work. Most recently she served as the Vice President for the Food Ingredients & Systems Platform for Cargill, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn., leading the North American Human Resources teams. Prior to joining Cargill in 2006, Blanchett spent 21 years with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. and Chicago, Ill., holding various HR leadership positions as part of the team transforming the manufacturing organization to lean concepts.

Blanchett earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., and her master’s degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), holds a Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification and a Human Capital Strategist Certification from the Human Capital Institute.

She will be relocating to the Maumee area in the near future.

Since joining The Andersons in 2008, DePompei was instrumental in helping the company attain human resource best practices by integrating the HR function throughout the business units and modernizing the company’s HR information systems.

“We appreciate Art’s contributions during the past eight years and wish him all the best as he enters this next phase of his life,” says Bowe.

About The Andersons, Inc.

The Andersons, Inc. is a diversified company rooted in agriculture. Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, the company conducts business across North America in the grain, ethanol, and plant nutrient sectors, railcar leasing, turf and cob products, and consumer retailing. For more information, visit The Andersons online at

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