MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Dave MacLennan, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer, announced on Nov. 17 a new executive leadership team for Cargill globally, designed to streamline and simplify the company’s operations. The previous two-tiered executive leadership structure will be replaced by a single executive team under MacLennan comprising leaders of the five major business groups (ag supply chain, animal nutrition, animal protein, food ingredients, and energy, transportation and metals) and four functions (finance, human resources, business services, and business operations and supply chain). The executive team will be responsible for the overall strategic direction for the company and the performance of their business sectors. The changes become effective Dec. 1, 2015.

“Like any dynamic organization, we are continually reviewing all aspects of our business, including our leadership structure, to ensure that we are well positioned to effectively lead the company’s growth and performance,” MacLennan said. “There have been a lot of changes in the 150 years since Cargill was founded, and we have always evolved to anticipate market conditions and the needs of the customers we serve. This change is aimed at simplifying our leadership structure and increasing the speed of decision making - agility being critical in today’s fast moving world.” 

Separately, Paul Conway and Emery Koenig, vice-chairmen, have confirmed their planned retirements from Cargill after 36 and 38 years’ service, respectively. Both have been active in the discussions around the composition of the new executive team and are strong supporters of the direction. Paul and Emery are retiring after long and successful careers at Cargill. Conway will retire effective Dec. 31, after 36 years, and Koenig on Feb. 1, after 38 years. Both leave a lasting legacy for the company.