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Ag Lending Leader Continues Senior Role at Rabo AgriFinance

Posted on July 03, 2019

St. Louis, Mo.—To accommodate growth, provide stability and continue leadership, Rabo AgriFinance names Jill Jelacich as general manager of the company’s new, fourth territory. The new territory focuses only on California’s food, agriculture, renewable energy and wine sectors.

Jelacich was formerly the director of food and agribusiness at Rabobank, N.A. Jelacich’s transition to her new role accompanied the transfer of approximately 170 employees who supported the food, agriculture and renewable energy loan portfolio at Rabobank, N.A. to Rabo AgriFinance as of July 1, 2019.

Rabo AgriFinance is a U.S. subsidiary of the global Rabobank Group and is the only U.S. lender to serve agriculture coast to coast by coupling local expertise with global sector knowledge. Jelacich is based in Rabo AgriFinance’s Fresno office, one of 10 locations recently opened in California.

“I’m thrilled to have our California clients and employees join forces with Rabo AgriFinance, one of the largest, most influential food and ag lenders in the nation,” says Jelacich. “We are expanding our food and ag presence in California, a reflection of Rabobank Group’s unwavering and long term commitment to the state’s agricultural industry.”

Jelacich began her career at Rabobank in 2003 as an agricultural credit analyst. During her more than 15 years at the bank, she held progressively senior roles and played a vital role in driving growth in the food and agriculture portfolio. As a manager, she has been committed to programs that develop employees and interns to retain valuable talent.

“Jill Jelacich is a proven leader in two industries – agriculture and finance,” says Curt Hudnutt, head of rural, North America at Rabo AgriFinance. “We are fortunate to have her continued leadership for our employees and clients.”

Previously Jelacich worked for State Street Bank and Trust, managing a team responsible for portfolio accounting and customer service for large institutional investment clients. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Saint Mary’s College of California, is a graduate of the California Ag Lending Institute and served on the Ag Lending Society Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012.

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Region: Missouri
Job Function: President/Owner/GM

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