Gavilon Appoints Dr. James E. Newsome to Board of Managers

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Director of CME Group Inc. Will Chair Newly Formed Compliance Committee

Omaha, Neb. (August 4, 2009) – Gavilon Holdings, LLC today announced the appointment of Dr. James E. Newsome to its Board of Managers, effective July 30, 2009. Dr. Newsome will also serve as chairman of the Board’s newly formed Compliance Committee which is responsible for directing company management in the establishment, review and enforcement of regulatory, compliance and legal policies and procedures.

“We are extremely pleased to have an individual of Dr. Newsome’s caliber as part of our Board,” said John Duryea, lead director of Gavilon’s Board.

Dr. Newsome has served as a director of CME Group Inc., the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange, since August 2008. He previously served as chief executive officer of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) since March 2006 and president of the NYMEX since August 2004. Prior to that, Dr. Newsome served as chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission upon U.S. Senate confirmation in December 2001.

“I look forward with great enthusiasm to serving on Gavilon’s Board,” stated Dr. Newsome. “Gavilon is a leading provider of distribution, merchandising and trading services in an increasingly dynamic, global marketplace. I hope to leverage my commodity expertise to further its growth and development.”

Gregory A. Heckman, president and chief executive officer of Gavilon, commented, “The addition of Dr. Newsome as member of the Board and chairman of the Compliance Committee speaks to our commitment to regulatory governance and the importance of a strong compliance function within our organization. Gavilon will certainly benefit from Dr. Newsome’s significant experience and industry insight.”

About Gavilon Holdings, LLC
Gavilon Holdings, LLC is the parent company of The Gavilon Group, LLC. The Gavilon Group, LLC provides essential services in the physical distribution, trading, merchandising and risk management of raw materials and value-added products moving through the global supply chain of grain, feed ingredients, fertilizers and energy products. For more information, please visit