LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. -- William I. Tierney Jr. has joined Vance Publishing Corp. as General Manager of Doane Advisory Services. Tierney, a nationally recognized expert in the agricultural commodity market, is responsible for overseeing all operations of the Doane business group. He is based in Vance's St. Louis offices.

For more than 80 years, Doane Advisory Services has helped U.S. agriculture stay in touch with prices, trends and other critical business information. Today, through an array of multi-media services and products, Doane is the provider of choice for trusted information, advice and business solutions to the agriculture community.

"I'm confident that Bill has the deep subject matter expertise and leadership potential to help drive the sustained growth of Doane," said Donald P. Ransdell, Vice President/Publishing Director at Vance. "We currently deliver mission-critical advisory information to our customers, and we are committed to enhancing our products and developing new, innovative offerings that exceed our customer's needs. With Bill's exceptional skills, I am certain that we will accomplish this in ways that will take the Doane business to its next level of success."

Tierney's professional experience includes senior positions in public, private, governmental, and educational venues. Most recently, Tierney was Senior Economist and Head of North American Research for LMC International, an economic and business consulting firm providing economic research and consulting services for a broad range of industries related to agricultural commodities, foods, and biofuels. He had the lead responsibility at LMC for North American agricultural research and for global supply/demand analysis and price forecasts for feed grains and wheat. He also contributed to the firm's research on global ethanol and work on agricultural research, dealing with a broad array of issues across markets and disciplines.

Prior to that, Tierney was Executive Vice President of Research & Marketing for John Stewart & Associates, a privately held financial trading business focusing on commodities, futures and biofuels. At John Stewart & Associates he had the lead responsibility for supply/demand analysis and price forecasts for feed grains, wheat, and soybeans. He worked with the firm's principals and affiliates in developing price risk management strategies for a wide variety of customers at some of the world's largest agribusiness firms, ethanol plants, grain merchants, food companies, livestock producers, and farm operators.

Tierney also served as the USDA's principal grains economist and Chairperson of the Inter-Agency Commodity Estimates Committees for wheat and feed grains. These committees produce the USDA's monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, as well as the department's 10-year Baseline Projections. He also organized and supervised the work of 20-25 economists, geographers, meteorologists, country analysts, and policy specialists who participated in the ICEC process.

For 20 years, Tierney was a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and as Extension Agricultural Economist at Kansas State University. He began his career as a Commodity Analyst for Pillsbury Corporation. He holds a PhD in agricultural economics from Michigan State University and graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri.

Vance Publishing Corp. is headquartered in Lincolnshire, Ill., with offices in Lenexa, Kan., and St. Louis, Mo. Since its founding in 1937, Vance Publishing has been a recognized leader in business information and communications. The company serves select business-to-business markets with 20 magazines, a host of newsletters, web offerings, events, data and custom media products.

SOURCE: Vance Publishing Corp.