WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK, U.S. — Bunge Limited announced on Jan. 27 that Andrew J. Burke will become chief financial officer (CFO), effective Feb. 1. Burke has served as interim CFO for the company since September 2010. He will also continue in his role as the company's global operational excellence officer.

"Following a thorough search process, it is clear that Drew's leadership abilities, financial acumen and deep understanding of our business and global operations make him uniquely qualified for this position. Drew has done an exceptional job as interim CFO while also leading Bunge's global initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness. We are thrilled he will continue in both capacities," said Alberto Weisser, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), Bunge Limited.

"I'm pleased and honored to take this next step at Bunge. Bunge has a vital role to play in one of the world's most important industries, and we are well-positioned to meet the opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to leading our Finance and Operational Excellence teams at such an exciting time of growth for the company," Burke said.

Burke became global operational excellence officer in July 2010. Prior to that, Burke was co-CEO of Bunge Global Agribusiness and Bunge Product Lines since 2006. He joined the company as managing director, soy ingredients and new business development in January 2002. He previously served as U.S. CEO of Degussa, a German chemical company that he joined in 1983. Burke held a variety of finance and marketing positions at Degussa and also served as the executive vice-president of its U.S. Chemical Group. Previously, he worked for Beecham Pharmaceuticals and Price Waterhouse & Company. He is a graduate of Villanova University and earned an master’s of business administration degree from Manhattan College.