The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) welcomed Addis Tilahun as the organization’s new director of finance on July 24, just ahead of its annual summer meeting.
In this role, Tilahun will direct the Council’s worldwide financial reporting in addition to ensuring legal and regulatory compliance to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and all U.S. government financial statutes and regulations. Tilahun will also serve as the lead staff liaison to the treasurer and Board of Directors on matters relating to financial targets and performance.
“Addis is eager to learn more about the Council and to bring his skills to the accounting team and to the organization,” said USGC President and CEO Ryan LeGrand. “He is adept at facilitating budget planning, annual audits and fostering positive relationships with all staff. Addis joins us with a goal of understanding the impact of his work on others and vice versa.”
Most recently, Tilahun served as a senior finance and accounting manager with the American Society for Radiation Oncology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Addis Ababa University and a master’s of business administration in finance from Strayer University.
Tilahun has stepped into this position as Helen Elmore, former director of finance and administration, entered the role of USGC director of administration and operations. This shift will allow Elmore to expand her focus on human resources, information technology and adding focus to the organization’s operational matters.
About The U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 28 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at www.grains.org.