Mr Schlicht comes to VeraSun from US BioEnergy where he held a similar role. While at US BioEnergy, Mr Schlicht was responsible for establishing a corporate legal department, adopting corporate governance practices and completing the company’s initial public offering of common stock.

Mr Schlicht also managed the legal process for plant acquisitions, in addition to overseeing major project financings to fund construction of new ethanol plants. Mr Schlicht also managed US BioEnergy’s corporate environmental, health and safety program, a responsibility he will continue to handle at VeraSun.

Danny Herron, president and CFO of VeraSun, said: We are excited to have Greg join the VeraSun team and continue to provide leadership in a very important area of the company. His experience, especially in dealing with acquisitions and project financing, will be extremely valuable as we continue to grow our company and execute our strategy of being a large, low-cost producer.