Mogens C. Bay is executive chairman of Valmont Industries, Inc. He joined Valmont Industries in 1979 as regional vice president, Southeast Asia. He moved to Madrid, Spain, in 1982 as vice president-sales and later vice president-marketing of Valmont International. In 1986, he was assigned to corporate headquarters as the president and general manager of Valmont International and, four years later, he was named president and general manager of Valmont Irrigation. He became president and CEO of Valmont Industries, Inc. in 1993. Mogens was named chairman and CEO in 1997.

From 1974 to 1978, Mogens was the manager of the East Asiatic Company’s office in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China. The East Asiatic Company was the only western company permitted to operate an office in the People’s Republic of China at that time.

Mogens currently serves on the Board of Director of Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc., Boys Town, the Omaha Zoological Society, The Robert B. Daugherty Global Water for Food Institute, Nebraska Medicine, The Robert B. Daugherty Foundation, the Walter Scott Family Foundation and the Peter Kiewit Foundation.

Mogens graduated from Vejle Gymnasium in June 1968. He studied law at Aarhus University from 1968 to 1970 and graduated from the EAC College of International Business in Copenhagen in 1973. In 1984, he graduated from the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. Mogens served a tour of duty with the Royal Guards of the Danish Army from July 1973 to June 1974 where he was detailed to protect the Queen and her family.