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Todd Bastean, chief executive officer (CEO) of Bunge North America.
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Todd Bastean Named WIU CBT Distinguished Alumnus 2017

February 20, 2017

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MACOMB, IL - - Todd Bastean, chief executive officer (CEO) of Bunge North America, has been named the Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology (CBT) Distinguished Alumnus for 2017. Bastean graduated from Western with a bachelor's degree in accountancy in 1988.

While on campus, Bastean will be presented a plaque at noon Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Stipes Hall lobby, which is open to the public. He will also speak to several CBT classes and enjoy a private lunch in his honor.

Bastean was named president and CEO of Bunge North America in June 2013. With 5,000 employees in Canada, Mexico and the United States, Bunge North America is part of Bunge Limited, a leading global agribusiness and food and ingredients company with 400 locations in 40 countries around the world. Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate nearly 125 facilities, including grain elevators; edible oil refineries and packaging facilities; oilseed processing plants and corn, wheat and rice mills.

Bastean started his career at Bunge in 1994, rising quickly to director of internal audit. He also served as director of strategic planning and development before moving into the roles of vice president and director of administration for Bunge's milling group. He served a similar role with the grain group before being named vice president and general manager of Bunge's biofuels and milling units. He was named chief financial officer of Bunge North America in 2010 before assuming the CEO position. In his current role, Bastean also serves on Bunge Limited's executive committee. Prior to joining Bunge, he worked for KPMG Peat Marwick.

As a board member for the Grocery Manufacturing Association, Bastean is active in the industry. He also serves on the advisory council for The Yield Lab, an incubator for agri-food companies, as well as supports community organizations by serving on the St. Louis Science Center Board of Trustees and on an advisory committee for the Independence Center, a resource for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses.

Bastean and his wife of 24 years, Kim, both grew up in Quincy, IL. They have two children, Brennon, a senior at Purdue University, and Morgan, a sophomore at the University of Missouri Columbia. He and his family live in Chesterfield, MO.

For more information about the CBT Distinguished Alumni program, contact CBT Director of Development Becky Paulsen at (309) 298-2442 or

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