US – Cargill has announced that it has elected John S. Watson to its Board of Directors effective February 1, 2018.

Before joining Cargill’s board, John S. Watson had retired as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Chevron Corporation after a 37-year distinguished career at the company.

At Chevron, he worked as a financial analyst, later he held various positions in the financial, analytical and supervisory positions before being appointed as president of Chevron Canada Limited in 1996.

Being a holder of a degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in business administration, Watson contributed significantly to the wellbeing of the Chevron business in different capacities.

He also served as a corporate vice president with responsibility for strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions, as a chief financial officer and elected executive vice president for strategy and development in 2008.

“We are delighted to welcome John to the Cargill board,” said David MacLennan, Cargill’s chairman and chief executive officer.

“John brings a wealth of experience from his long career at Chevron.

He has a global perspective, with deep understandings of manufacturing economics, performance through technology, sectoral change and market volatility, geopolitical risk and more.

John’s knowledge and insights will be invaluable for Cargill and our board.”

Cargill has assumed strong international positions through its able management, independent and non-independent board of directors.

Watson joins six other independent directors on Cargill’s board namely Richard H. Anderson, Louis R. Chênevert, Arthur D. Collins, Jr., Stephen Hemsley, Bernard Poussot and Trudy Rautio.

Cargill’s leadership have shown might through investments, launches and new strategic partnerships aimed at achieving sustainable development.

For instance, Cargill’s President in China and Managing Director for the company’s agriculture business for North Asia, Robert Aspell, received the highly coveted Shanghai Magnolia Gold Award for 2017 in recognition of the outstanding professional and personal contributions he had made to the development of the city of Shanghai.

With entry of Watson to its board, Cargill is presented with an opportunity to apply his insight and 37 years’ experience in providing food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world.