MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Cargill announced on Oct. 30 changes to its top management team, including a new chief financial officer and creation of a leadership position for its Asia Pacific segment.

“The changes announced today augment the strength and expertise needed to fuel Cargill’s growth, with a focus on integrating operations, increasing financial discipline and accelerating investments in markets of highest potential,” said David MacLennan, chairman and chief executive officer. “These strategic moves position us to lead with our purpose and deliver a sustainable future for food and agriculture.”

 David Dines will be chief financial officer, effective Dec. 1, and will continue as a member of Cargill’s executive team. Dines previously led global trading businesses in financial and industrial sectors and is responsible for the creation and growth of Cargill’s risk management business.

Marcel Smits, currently CFO, will move into a new strategic role, assuming leadership of Cargill Asia Pacific, effective Dec. 1. Smits worked in Asia earlier in his career and has experience building businesses and leading change.

Anna Richo will join Cargill on Jan. 14, 2019, as general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary. She will become a member of the executive team. Richo has extensive experience serving as legal counsel on science-based innovation and intellectual property matters.

She succeeds Laura Witte, who retired as Cargill’s general counsel on May 31, after 33 years of service.