Ladd Seaberg, who joined Atchison-based MGP Ingredients in 1969, has retired as chairman of the board of the grain products company.
He will be succeeded by John Speirs, an MGP board members since 2004. Speirs becomes the first person outside of the Cray family to hold the chairman's position.
The late Cloud Cray Sr. founded the company in 1941. He was followed as chairman by his son, Bud Cray, and then Seaberg, who was Bud Cray's son-in-law.