SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — Ken Seitz has been named president and chief executive officer of Nutrien Ltd., the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services. He succeeds Mayo Schmidt, who left the company in January after only eight months at the helm.

Seitz has more than 25 years of global management experience and has been serving as interim CEO since January. Earlier, he was executive vice president and CEO of potash at Nutrien. Prior to Nutrien he was president and CEO of Canpotex Ltd. He also has worked at Cameco Corp., Encana Corp. and PanCanadian Energy.

“Mr. Seitz strongly aligned to our comprehensive leadership needs given his extensive international experience in our industries, passionate connection to our purpose, efficacy in driving our stated strategy and personal commitment to employee safety and an inclusive workplace,” said Russ Girling, chair of the Nutrien board of directors. “Additionally, Mr. Seitz demonstrated proven performance in an interim role this year receiving an extensive range of positive feedback from our stakeholders. The board has every confidence Mr. Seitz is the right leader to drive our strategy forward.”