GROWMARK, Inc. announced Mark Orr will become chief executive officer effective March 1.

He will succeed Jim Spradlin, CEO since September 2014, who retires Feb. 28.

Mark Orr

Mark Orr

Orr currently serves as GROWMARK vice president of agronomy, a position he has held since 2014. He is a graduate of Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in agri-business. Orr’s previous management experience includes service as a GROWMARK region vice president and as general manager of AgView FS and Piatt County Service Company. His career in the GROWMARK/FS System began in 1990.

 “I’m excited for the opportunity to lead one of the greatest organizations in agriculture and look forward to building upon the strategies already driving the GROWMARK System to unprecedented growth in recent years,” Orr said. “At the end of the day, it all comes down to serving our members with unsurpassed customer service and delivering value to our member-owners across North America.”

Spradlin announced his retirement in June after serving seven years in the CEO role, and decades in a variety of roles throughout the GROWMARK/FS System. Orr will work alongside Spradlin through February to ensure a smooth and successful transition.

“Mark brings a wealth of proven leadership experience to the chief executive role,” said GROWMARK Chairman of the Board John Reifsteck. “As we searched for the ideal candidate, the GROWMARK Board of Directors identified the most critical leadership attributes and experiences required to drive our enterprise business strategies for the long-term success of the GROWMARK/FS System. Mark demonstrates a collaborative approach to leadership along with a passion for innovation and growth that benefits our member-owners, all of our customers, and their end users.”