MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Cargill announced on April 4 that it has selected Joe Stone, currently enterprise leader for Cargill Animal Nutrition, to lead the company’s global Agricultural Supply Chain. David Webster will assume the Cargill Animal Nutrition leadership role vacated by Stone.
Both announcements follow GJ van den Akker’s decision to retire as enterprise lead for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain in 2020 after 30 years with the company.
“GJ and his leadership team have improved results in our ag supply chain while also driving important progress on critical safety, digitalization and sustainability goals,” said David MacLennan, chairman and chief executive officer. “Joe’s extensive risk management, trading, and grains and oilseeds experience will allow him to build on the momentum created by GJ and his team. And David is well positioned to execute on our animal nutrition growth strategy, leveraging his successful track record leading the premix and nutrition business and managing diverse global teams.”
The leadership changes will be effective June 1.
Stone began his career in Cargill’s grain and oilseeds business in 1985 before moving to the company’s world trading unit in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2001. Most recently, he was enterprise lead of Cargill Animal Nutrition.
Webster joined Cargill in 1992, working in production, sales, purchasing and finance before becoming a leader in Cargill premix business with the acquisition of Provimi. Most recently, he led Cargill’s global edible oils business.
Van den Akker will continue to serve on Cargill’s executive team and lead key projects prior to his retirement.