Monday, June 8, 2020
SIOUX FALLS, SD (June 8) -- Today POET announced that Joshua Shields will be joining the company as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications. In this role he will oversee POET’s policy activities, community and industry partnerships, and communications and advocacy efforts. “POET has a long history as a global leader in the sustainable energy industry. I’m inspired by the company’s commitment to innovation in biofuels and other renewable product solutions, and I’m excited to join the team and help tell this story,” said Shields.
“Josh brings a wealth of experience to POET, and we look forward to him joining our team to help us promote biofuels, improve the air in our nation’s cities, and drive agriculture, as well as the overall economy, here in South Dakota and across the Midwest,” said POET Founder and CEO Jeff Broin.
Before joining POET, Shields worked as Chief of Staff for South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and led government affairs for Black Hills Energy. Prior to that he spent time in Washington, DC working for then-Congresswoman Noem and South Dakota Senator John Thune. He was also instrumental in managing the campaigns and securing victories for multiple statewide candidates.
Shields will be relocating to Sioux Falls with his family.
POET, headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, is the world’s largest biofuels producer. POET is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. Started in 1987, the company today has a network of 28 production facilities across 7 states. At full run rates, POET purchases 5% of US corn and produces 2 billion gallons of ethanol, 10 billion pounds of distillers dried grains, and 600 million pounds of corn oil annually. In 2019, Fast Company recognized POET on its annual list of “Most Innovative Companies” for transportation and FORTUNE recognized POET on its list of companies that are changing the world. For more information, visit poet.com.