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The Context Network Announces New Roles, Promotions in Support of Business Growth

Fall 2017

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – (October 9, 2017) The Context Network is pleased to announce the promotions of Lauren Chupp to Associate Principal and Christian Guffy to Principal Consultant. Both positions are new roles within the firm, and support the organization’s expanding service across several sectors.

“We are building our staffing model to support strategic growth in our business, and across the changing global value chain we support,” said Asha Lundal, Principal at Context. “These roles and the added leadership they bring within Context further support our mission to be a leader in advancing agriculture.”

In her new role, Chupp will work to deliver strategic business development and management functions with the firm’s Principals. Since joining the firm in 2011 she has served as Senior Associate delivering exceptional results in project management and client support in areas ranging from strategic planning to corporate social responsibility. Lauren has previous experience in the areas of business development, investor relations, portfolio management as well as financial and market analysis within the forestry sector. She received her Master’s degree in business administration and Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Clemson University.

Guffy joined Context in 2014 with a background in agriculture consulting, strategy development and financial analysis. His work has helped clients develop long-term strategic plans, as well as annual go-to market strategies rooted in fundamental market analysis and research. As Principal Consultant, he will drive new business development and client service efforts across Context’s business. Guffy earned a Master’s degree in business administration and Bachelor of Science degree in investment finance from Anderson University.

Also promoted is Weston Babbitt as Consultant with Context. Since he joined the firm early last year, Babbitt has led significant projects in market analysis and strategy consulting across key sectors in the company’s global agribusiness practice. As a Consultant, he will also support client engagement and project management efforts. Babbitt earned his Master’s degree in strategic innovation from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Utah.

The Context Network is the world’s premier business management and strategy consulting firm providing services to agriculture, biotechnology, and food companies, and to government entities and NGOs. We help each client achieve remarkable results and advance agriculture via customized business solutions. Major areas of expertise include: strategy development, opportunity analysis, R&D assessments, merger and acquisition support, product/portfolio management, regulatory compliance, industry benchmarking, competitive intelligence, and marketing intelligence/ research. Context is comprised of a core of professional executive consultants and is complemented by a global network of hundreds of industry and subject matter experts on-site worldwide.