USA – The global agribusiness giant, Cargill has appointed Joe Stone to lead the company’s global Agricultural Supply Chain, effective June 1.

Joe will succeed GJ van den Akker who has decided to retire as enterprise lead for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain in 2020 after 30 years with the company.

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Joe Stone is currently enterprise leader for Cargill Animal Nutrition and as a result of his appointment to a new position, David Webster will assume the Cargill Animal Nutrition leadership.

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.

“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 Dave MacLennan, Cargill chairman and CEO. 

“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.”

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.

He most recently served as head of 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. 

In 2018, Cargill made major changes to its top management team, including a new chief financial officer and creation of a leadership position for its Asia Pacific segment.

David Dines was appointed chief financial officer while Marcel Smits was moved into a new strategic role, assuming leadership of Cargill Asia Pacific.

This comes even as the global agricultural commodities business looks to cut spending U.S.-China trade war.

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