Dan Duran is the new chief executive officer of the newly formed U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC).

Duran joins USSEC from Galahad International, a sales and marketing company based in Baton Rouge, LA, that specializes in building global dairy markets.

USSEC was jointly created by the United Soybean Board (USB) and American Soybean Association (ASA) earlier this year to implement international marketing and competitiveness activities on behalf of the soybean checkoff and USDA-FAS. In addition to farmer-leaders from ASA and USB, USSEC will be governed by a board of exporters and allied industry partners.