MINNEAPOLIS, February 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Four new executives join Cargill’s leadership team. They have been selected for their expertise tailored to the changing needs of customers and employees and for their potential to drive the company’s innovation and sustainability strategies worldwide.
“The food system is constantly and rapidly changing. To continue to bring innovative ideas and solutions to our customers, we must also change. These leaders are driven by values and purpose, committed to our customers, and passionate about healthy food. ‘a growing population that is safe, responsible and sustainable,’ said Dave MacLennan, chairman and CEO of Cargill. “They all have the expertise and inclusive leadership approach to continue to drive our organization forward as members of our leadership team.”
Jennifer Hartsock joins Cargill and the company’s leadership team as the new Chief Information & Digital Officer (CIDO). Hartsock served as chief information officer and member of the leadership team at Baker Hughes. In this role, she led the merger of the technology systems and processes of Baker Hughes and GE Oil & Gas, while co-leading the transformation of the company’s shared services offerings. Hartsock is based in Minneapolis.
Hartsock succeeds Justin Kershaw, who is retiring as CIO after 10 years with the company. Since joining Cargill, Kershaw has made great strides in changing the company’s approach to technology. He led the expansion of the company’s IT infrastructure, application landscape and data security and also launched Cargill’s in-house digital lab and digital business accelerator.
Roger Watchon joins the company’s leadership team as head of Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chains (CASC) business, which also includes the company’s Ocean Transportation and World Trading Group. He will also lead the company’s business strategy. Since joining the company in 1994, Watchorn has held several leadership positions within Cargill, including his previous role as North America CASC Group Leader. Watchorn will continue to be based in Minneapolis.
Watchorn succeeds Peter Joe, who will retire after 37 years with the company. Prior to leading Cargill’s agricultural supply chain business, Stone was responsible for the animal nutrition business, driving the company’s global growth with acquisitions of Provimi, EWOS and Diamond V. Stone was also chief enterprise risk officer and served on Cargill’s board of directors since 2016.
Ross Hamou Jennings is appointed president of the company Asia Pacific. Hamou-Jennings is based in Singapore since 2002, leading the global Trade & Capital Markets (TCM) business since Asia. In this new role, Hamou-Jennings will join the leadership team and oversee the company’s customer-focused strategy by Asia, as well as its Metals, Risk Management and TCM businesses. Hamou-Jennings will continue to be based in Singapore.
Hamou-Jennings succeeds Marcel Smith, who will retire after 9 years with the company. Smits joined Cargill in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer and in 2018 assumed his current responsibilities as Chairman of Asia Pacific and supervisor of TCM and metals and responsible for corporate strategy and development.
These leadership changes will be effective March 1, 2022.
Stephanie Lundquist joins Cargill as the company’s new Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and member of its leadership team. Lundquist spent 16 years at Cargill’s leading retailer and client, Target, most recently leading the food and beverage business. She was also Target’s CHRO for three years. During this time, Lundquist has developed deep experience in culture and business transformation, leadership development, and creating differentiated talent strategies and programs to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. Target was consistently named one of America’s Top 10 Employers during her tenure. Lundquist will be based at Minneapolis.
Lundquist succeeds Myriam Beatovewho joined Cargill in 2009. As CHRO, Beatove led the development of Cargill’s human resources strategy, making diversity, equity and inclusion a business imperative and prioritizing the employee engagement and well-being throughout the challenges of the pandemic.
This change of direction is effective April 4, 2022.
Cargill’s 155,000 employees in 70 countries work tirelessly to achieve our goal of feeding the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers to markets, customers to ingredients, and people and animals to the food they need to prosper.
We combine 156 years of experience with new technology and knowledge to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, finance and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Together, we are building a stronger and more sustainable future for agriculture. For more information, visit Cargill.com and our Information Center.
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