Cargill appoints Brian Sikes as new CEO

Cargill recently announced the appointment of Brian Sikes as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective 1 January, 2023. With this announcement, Dave MacLennan, who has served as CEO of Cargill since 2013, will assume the role of Executive Chair of Cargill’s Board of Directors.

Mr Sikes marks the 10th CEO in Cargill’s 157-year history and brings with him a strong track record of business operational. He currently serves as Cargill’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) where he has played an instrumental role in constructing the company’s long-term strategy. With experience across multiple businesses, Mr Sikes has held leadership roles in the US, Canada and Europe, and served as the head of the company’s Talent Center of Expertise.

“As Cargill continues to navigate dynamic global markets, both operational excellence and a clearly articulated vision driven by purpose and values will define the company’s success, and there is no better person than Brian to lead Cargill,” commented Mr MacLennan. “He’s a person of action and results, with a relentless passion for serving our customers and our people. Brian has the qualities we value in a strong leader—integrity, empathy, resilience and authenticity. Under his leadership, I am confident the best days for Cargill, and its greatest contributions, lie ahead.”

Mr Sikes succeeds Mr MacLennan who joined the company in 1991 and served in multiple executive roles including CFO and COO before becoming the company’s Chairman and CEO in 2013. During his nine years as CEO, Mr MacLennan achieved good financial results while building community resilience in more than 125 countries worldwide.

The company built expertise in alternative proteins and has developed technologies and solutions to transform farming, supply chains and food delivery during his tenure.

He also created Cargill’s sustainability office and under his leadership, the company is expecting to achieve gender parity by 2030 as the representation of women on the Executive Team has increased to 46%. He assisted with programs like RegenConnect which Cargill say has advanced regenerative agriculture practices on 158,000 acres of North American farmland.

“I am honoured to succeed Dave as Cargill’s President and CEO,” said Sikes. “Under his visionary leadership, Cargill has a solid foundation, business model and culture that positions us for long-term success. Our 160,000 employees across Cargill are the best in the industry. Together, we will grow with customers, strengthen our core and thoughtfully target new markets to ensure we are a reliable, sustainable partner for our customers, today and in the future.”

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