Livestock Publications Council Hires New Executive Director

Chuck Zimmerman

Lindsay Graber RunftLindsay Graber Runft begins serving as the new Executive Director for the Livestock Publications Council on July 15, 2019. The LPC Board approved the agreement after a 5-month search and selection process that generated 39 letters of interest and 12 applications. The search was facilitated by Steve Drake, president of SCD Group Inc. Runft replaces Diane Johnson who retires August 15.

“The LPC Board is very excited to have someone with the experience and passion for our industry to continue moving the organization forward,” said Carey Brown, LPC President and Publication Coordinator of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. “Lindsay will be a great asset to the group and we look forward to building our organization with her leadership.”

Runft served as director of marketing and communications of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) from 2013 to 2018. She has been principal of Prairie Public Relations since 2018.

“I am incredibly excited, and honored, to accept the role of Executive Director for Livestock Publications Council,” Runft said. “It will be a privilege to further LPC’s purpose of serving the livestock communications industry through collaborative work with Board leadership and membership service.”

The LPC office will relocate from Fort Worth, Texas, to Courtland, Kansas, effective August 15, 2019.

I’m looking forward to seeing both Diane and Lindsay at the Ag Media Summit/IFAJ Congress in July.

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