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Benson Hill adds Bortolotti as general counsel

Rebecca Bortolotti joined St. Louis-based plant science firm Benson Hill as general counsel and corporate secretary.

Bortolotti supports business strategies for Benson Hill’s growing engagement with food and ingredient companies, grocery retailers and others. Prior to joining Benson Hill in February, she was a partner at Advent, a law firm focused on innovation and technology development across a range of industry areas, including ag-tech, food and ingredients.

Previously, Bortolotti spent nearly 10 years at ConAgra Brands, more recently as chief technology counsel supporting initiatives related to business transformation, including M&A transactions, intellectual property licensing and partnership development.

Koster succeeds Williamson at Centene



Chris Koster, the former attorney general of Missouri, has been named senior vice president, secretary and general counsel of Centene Corporation.

Koster, whose appointment was effective Feb. 19, will oversee all legal functions for the company. He succeeded Keith Williamson, who has been appointed president of the Centene Charitable Foundation. Williamson had served as the company’s top legal counsel since 2006. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award from Missouri Lawyers Media during its In-House Counsel Awards in 2019.

Koster joined Centene in 2017 as senior vice president of corporate services, following his unsuccessful bid to be Missouri’s governor. He previously served as attorney general for eight years, in the Missouri Senate for four years and as prosecuting attorney in Cass County for 10 years. He also was an attorney with Dollar, Burns & Becker in Kansas City.