Junkins named acting CEO of Farmer Mac

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The board of directors of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation has unanimously appointed Montrose businessman Lowell L. Junkins to the position of acting president and chief executive officer. Mr. Junkins, who will continue serving as board chairman, has been a member of the board since 1996. He became chairman in late 2010.
This appointment follows the board’s decision to terminate former President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy L. Buzby. The board terminated Mr. Buzby solely on the basis of violations of company policies unrelated to the company’s financial and business performance.
The board will launch an immediate and thorough search for a new president and chief executive officer and will consider both internal and external candidates.
“My job, as acting CEO, is to make sure nothing gets in the way of this organization’s stellar leadership team and staff and the excellent work they do every single day,” Junkins said. “As our third quarter results demonstrate, we have been performing extraordinarily well and look forward to that continuing without a hitch.”
Junkins, 73, is an Iowa businessman who operates both Hillcrest Farms in Montrose, Iowa and an Iowa-based public affairs consulting firm. He previously served as vice chairman of the Farmer Mac board and was named acting chairman of the board in September 2008. He became chairman on September 30, 2010.

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