Jacob to Succeed Trakimas as CoBank Chief Operating Officer

CoBank named Andrew Jacob the successor to Ann Trakimas as the bank’s chief operating officer upon Trakimas’s retirement from the bank at the end of 2019.

Prior to joining CoBank in 2011, Trakimas served as an outside director on the board of the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation, the entity which issues debt securities that CoBank and other Farm Credit institutions use to fund their operations. She has more than 35 years of experience within the financial services industry, where she worked for Chemical Bank and Morgan Stanley. More recently, Trakimas was an executive with Goldman Sachs, where she held numerous positions including head of the firm’s Financial Institutions Credit Risk Management and Advisory group.

“Ann has been instrumental in building our capabilities across a number of critical disciplines, including our technology, data, process, change management, operations and project execution functions,” said Thomas Halverson, CoBank’s president and chief executive officer. “I am deeply grateful to Ann for her dedication to the Farm Credit System and to CoBank, for her counsel and support, and for her many contributions to our success over the past eight years.”

Jacob currently serves as the bank’s chief regulatory, legislative and compliance officer. Before joining CoBank in 2011, Jacob spent almost 25 years with the Farm Credit Administration, the independent regulator for the Farm Credit System, where he served in a variety of leadership roles within the agency’s Office of Examination, Office of Policy and Analysis, and Office of Secondary Market Oversight. In his current role at CoBank, Jacob has responsibility for regulatory matters, government relations, compliance, industry research, corporate communications, and enterprise security.

“The COO function at CoBank is essential to our ability to serve customers with excellence, drive operating efficiency and fulfill our mission of service to rural America,” Halverson said. “I’m delighted that Andrew has accepted this appointment and that we will continue to benefit from his leadership in this new role.”

Both Trakimas and Jacob serve on the bank’s Management Executive Committee.

Headquartered outside Denver, CoBank is a $139 billion cooperative bank which provides commercial loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving more than 70,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country.

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