Brown, general manager and executive vice president of Planters Cotton Oil Mill Inc., Pine Bluff, Ark., succeeds Sammy Wright of Memphis, Tenn., and at age 36, becomes the youngest person to serve as NCPA president.

David Johnson, commodity merchandising manager at J.G. Boswell Co., was elected vice president of the NCPA. Johnson succeeds Brown as vice president.

Brown began his career with Planters in 1990, when he joined the mill as assistant manager and chief financial officer. Before joining Planters, he was a CPA with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young in Tulsa, Okla. He was named to his present position in 1997.

He is active in the cotton industry and his community, currently serving on the board of directors of the National Cotton Council and the NCPA, the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce and as a crusher delegate to the NCC. He has also served on a variety of committees for the NCPA.

Johnson began his industry work as a grain and whole cottonseed buyer with Cargill, Inc., in Goshen, Calif., in 1990. In 1997, he moved to the Corcoran, Calif., Processing Division of Boswell where his duties included cereal grains, oil mill by-products and planting seed sales.

Johnson is a former board member of the Los Angeles Grain Exchange, which he served as board president in 2000. He also has served as a member of the board of directors of the California Grain and Feed Association since 2001 and has been on the NCPA board since 1999.

He and his wife, Sharon, and their two daughters live in Hanford, Calif.

The NCPA was established in 1897 and is the national trade association for the cottonseed processing industry.

Planters Cotton Oil Mill is a cooperative cottonseed oil mill owned and operated by member gins with headquarters in Pine Bluff.

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