Chris Novak will be moving from the pork business to the corn business as he was announced Tuesday as the next chief executive officer for the National Corn Growers Association.
Novak, a native of Marion, Iowa, has served the last six years as the chief executive officer for the National Pork Board.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to work with a terrific team of grower leaders, state affiliates and the NCGA staff,” Novak said. “With a record corn crop predicted for this year, corn farmers must work together to build new markets that keep up with our increasing productivity. I’m looking forward to working with the team to meet this challenge.”
Novak will replace Rick Tolman at NCGA. Tolman announced earlier this year that he was stepping down in September after 14 years leading the corn growers.
“NCGA has a great future ahead of itself with Chris as its new chief executive,” Tolman said. “I am extremely confident that he has the experience and expertise to lead it boldly and continue its trajectory as a respected national trade association growing in membership and influence. In the weeks ahead, we will be working together on a smooth and productive transition as corn farmers face continuing challenges from several fronts.”
Prior to coming to the National Pork Board in 2008, Novak was executive director of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance and also had served as an executive with the American Soybean Association. Novak also had worked for the National Pork Producers Council in the public policy and environmental areas.
The National Pork Board announced it will immediately begin a search for Novak’s replacement. John Johnson, chief operating officers for the pork board, will serve as interim CEO.