Schramm, Ringkob assume leadership positions at N-7

N-7 LLC (N-7), a joint venture between OCI and Dakota Gasification Company, announces that effective July 1, David Schramm will assume the position of executive chairman of N-7’s board of directors until he retires from the company in February. John Ringkob will succeed Schramm as president.

Ringkob has been with OCI and N-7 for the past four years and has been instrumental to its success in growing the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) business from inception to a leader in the North American DEF industry, including originating and executing on the DEF, urea liquor and automotive grade urea marketing agreement with Dyno Nobel. In addition, Ringkob has driven N-7’s penetration into industrial urea markets and has lead its urea marketing and trading activities. Before joining OCI, he was a principal and vice president of DASCO Inc., a U.S.-based trader of crop nutrients, feed ingredients, and industrial chemicals (including DEF), which he co-led for 13 years. Ringkob brings 20 years of fertilizer and industrial products trading experience to OCI and has a demonstrated history of driving commercial excellence in his tenure at the company. He holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural business with a minor in agronomy from Iowa State University.

“We thank Dave for his tremendous contributions to OCI’s growth and success in its North America business over these past eight years,” said Ahmed El Hoshy, CEO of OCI N.V. “Dave was instrumental in the development of OCI’s Iowa Fertilizer Company greenfield project from inception, establishing our North American commercial presence and building and leading the N-7 joint venture. We are excited for this next chapter in N-7’s development and Dave’s continued stewardship of the business alongside John as its new leader. John has been an invaluable asset to OCI and N-7 over these past four years, and has demonstrated an ability to drive growth and excellence in our commercial activities.”

“Dave’s vision and experience were extremely valuable in developing new opportunities for N-7. We are grateful for his steadfast leadership and expertise,” said Paul Sukut, Basin Electric CEO and general manager. “We look forward to working closely with John as he has outstanding commercial operation expertise, and his contributions and dedication have provided successful commercial operations and business development. N-7 is fortunate to have a successful and experienced team to drive the next chapter of N-7’s growth.”

Chris Kayl has been appointed vice president of Commercial, where he will be responsible for product management and sales for N-7 across products. Kayl joined OCI in 2017 and has led its ammonia trading activities in the United States as well as providing support to the global ammonia trading team. Alongside Ringkob, Kayl was responsible for the development of N-7’s DEF commercial activities and helped grow the business into an industry leader. Kayl joined OCI from Koch Fertilizer where he spent 14 years, most recently as senior vice president of International Terminals and Trading. He brings 27 years of experience in the fertilizer trading and agriculture industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mount Mercy College.

“With these appointments, OCI and DGC [Dakota Gas] usher in the next generation of leadership in our partnership,” said El-Hoshy. “We look forward to John and Chris’s contributions to the continued success of N-7. Dave has been the linchpin of OCI and N-7’s success in the North American fertilizer industry and having him continue his stewardship of the business as chairman through February 2022 will ensure a successful transition to new leadership.”

“It has been my privilege to lead N-7 and be part of OCI these many years, and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished,” Schramm said. “John and Chris have the faith and trust of the organization and me, and I anticipate great things to come at N-7 from their leadership.”

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