Green Plains CFO Jerry Peters to Retire; John Neppl to Succeed Him

Omaha, NE -- Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) announced Sept. 5 that Jerry Peters will retire as chief financial officer from Green Plains and Green Plains Partners LP effective September 11, 2017.

John Neppl has been named to succeed Peters upon his retirement.

Peters will continue to be a member of the board of directors of Green Plains Holdings LLC, the general partner of Green Plains Partners (NASDAQ:GPP).

“For the past 10 years, Jerry has made great contributions to Green Plains’ growth and success,” said Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer.

“Jerry’s financial expertise, deep knowledge of the business and strong leadership have made him a great partner to work with and a highly valued member of our team.

"On behalf of our shareholders, our board of directors, our executive team and the company, I want to thank Jerry for his leadership as our CFO and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

“I step away from Green Plains knowing the company is in the strongest financial condition of its history. It has been an honor to work with such great people and I know the company is well-positioned for future success,” said Peters.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of building a great company and look forward to my continued involvement as a board member of Green Plains Partners.”

John Neppl has been appointed chief financial officer of Green Plains effective September 11, 2017.

John most recently served as chief financial officer of The Gavilon Group, LLC, an agriculture and energy commodities management firm with an extensive global footprint.

He provided broad financial leadership, with responsibility for the organization’s accounting, treasury, risk control, business planning and analysis, tax, legal and investor relations functions.

“John has extensive experience in commodity processing and trading businesses in both energy and agriculture,” stated Becker.

“John’s leadership skills and experience across all facets of finance and accounting will make him an exceptional CFO for Green Plains. John understands both our history and our vision for the future and has the skills and perspective needed to lead our financial organization as we continue to pursue our growth strategy.”

Previously, Neppl held senior financial management positions at ConAgra Foods, Inc., including senior financial officer of ConAgra Trade Group and Commercial Products division as well as assistant corporate controller.

Prior to ConAgra, Neppl was corporate controller at Guarantee Life Companies.

He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche.

He is a member of the Creighton University Heider College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, as well as its Accounting Department Advisory Board.

In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of Marian High School and Chair of its Finance Committee.

Neppl earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.

He is also a certified public accountant (inactive status).

For more information, call Jim Stark at 402-884-8700.