WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Growth Energy announced Emily Skor as its next Chief Executive Officer, effective May 16. Skor most recently served as the Vice President for Communications of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the Executive Director of the CHPA Educational Foundation. She succeeds Tom Buis, who assumed a new role as Co-Chairman of Growth Energy’s Board of Directors in July 2015.

“For the last seven years, Tom Buis has been a tremendous ally to the ethanol industry, leading Growth Energy through some of its toughest fights, and on behalf of the entire organization, we are thankful for his service and continued commitment to the industry,” said POET Executive Chairman and CEO and Growth Energy Co-Chair Jeff Broin. “As the ethanol industry continues to evolve – facing new opportunities and challenges – Emily is poised to lead Growth Energy as our next generation leader for next generation fuels. Emily brings a new perspective on policy, reputation management and communications to the organization during this dynamic time for the industry.”

At CHPA, a member-based trade association advocating for consumer healthcare products and serving as leader on regulatory and scientific issues for the industry, Skor oversaw public affairs campaigns, integrating strategic communications into legislative campaigns and coordinating ally development. Before joining CHPA in February 2011, Skor served as Senior Vice President at Dezenhall Resources, a nationally recognized crisis communications and issues management firm. For more than a decade, she helped Fortune 500 companies and industry associations manage issues affecting brand confidence and corporate reputation through media, advocacy, coalition building and consumer education campaigns.

“Since its inception, Growth Energy has been a champion for pro-biofuels policies and represented thousands of voices for the ethanol industry,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “The organization and its members are committed to advancing fuel technologies that are proven to be better for the environment and automobile engines. I am thrilled to be part of this effort to take Growth Energy to the next level. As more consumers and automakers alike embrace higher blends of ethanol and legislators continue to support its environmental benefits, we will protect our environment for future generations and give drivers choices at the pump.”

Growth Energy Co-Chairman Tom Buis noted, “The ethanol industry has made tremendous strides since Growth Energy launched in 2008, and I am proud to have been advocating on behalf of the organization. Emily’s successful track record integrating policy and communications into strategic campaigns and leading cross-functional organizations make her a natural successor to lead Growth Energy into the future. I look forward to working with her in my role.”

Skor is a Minnesota native and graduate of Wellesley College. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.

Growth Energy retained Korn Ferry International, the world’s largest executive search firm, to lead a nationwide search to fill its CEO position. Korn Ferry worked alongside a search committee including Growth Energy Board Members from Front Range Energy, Green Plains Inc, Marquis Energy and POET

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