Paul Maass was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Omaha Branch Board of Directors in 2022.
Mr. Maass is the chief executive officer of Scoular and is responsible for Scoular’s worldwide strategic leadership, a role he has held since joining the company in 2016. He is also a member of Scoular’s board of directors. Scoular is a 129-year-old, privately held global company with $6 billion in annual sales that provides diverse supply chain solutions in the grain, feed and food ingredient, and biofuels industries from over 100 offices and facilities around the world. Scoular is on the list of Forbes 100 largest privately held companies in America.
Mr. Maass is Scoular’s first outside CEO in the company’s history and is entrusted by the Board of Directors to develop and advance the company’s strategic growth initiatives to strengthen the current business, drive innovation (particularly enabled by technology), expand the company’s portfolio into adjacent market segments, and position the company for long-term growth.
Prior to joining Scoular, Mr. Maass served as president of ConAgra Foods’ (now Conagra Brands) commercial foods and private brands segments. In that role, he led businesses with total annual revenue of $13 billion and more than 15,000 employees and 90 manufacturing facilities in seven countries. He also led the creation of Ardent Mills, ConAgra Foods’ milling-focused partnership with Cargill and Cenex Harvest States (CHS), and served as chairman of the board.
Mr. Maass began his 27-year career with ConAgra as a commodity merchandiser after graduating from college. Throughout his career, he served in various leadership positions with the company, including director, ConAgra Trade Group (now Gavilon, LLC); president, ConAgra Mills; president, Lamb Weston; and president, Commercial Foods.
Mr. Maass has several civic and community commitments. In 2014, he wrote the foreword to Rising to Power, a guide for executives desiring to be exceptional leaders as they navigate their ascent to the highest levels of their organization. He participates in the G100 Network, an organization focused on peer-to-peer learning and development, primarily at the CEO and board level. Mr. Maass also serves on the College World Series board of directors, Omaha Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Iowa State Executive MBA Advisory Committee, and as a trustee of The Scoular Foundation.He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business.
Mr. Maass is married to his wife, Julie, of 32 years and has three children.