William J. Lipinski serves as Chief Executive Officer a position held since Farm Credit East was formed on January 1, 2010. He was previously President and CEO of First Pioneer Farm Credit. He reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors. He sets strategic direction with the Board and directs human resources, credit and services delivery, finance and customer service. Bill is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Bill began his Farm Credit career in 1979 and was promoted through a number of positions before becoming CEO. Bill is a current director and past Chairman of the Board of Farm Credit Financial Partners, a service company owned by Farm Credit East and other ACAs. He is a member of the Farm Credit System Presidents Planning Committee, a national leadership group. Bill was a former member of the Board of Directors of Pro-Fac Cooperative, Inc. He also served as director of the Farm Credit Leasing Corporation for a number of years.