Commodity trading giant Cargill appoints first female chief finance officer

US – America’s largest privately owned corporation, Cargill has appointed Jamie Miller as the company’s new chief financial officer (CFO). Her appointment becomes effective on June 1.

Miller, who succeeds David Dines, will become the first women to hold the position in the company’s history that spans over 156 years.

Cargill said that David Dines who has served as the company’s CFO since 2018  is retiring later this year after 29 years with the company.

Miller joins the American agricultural conglomerate from General Electric where she was the senior vice president and CFO from November 2017 until February 2020.

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She joined GE in 2008 and has held several positions including president and CEO of GE Transportation.

 “Jamie is a resilient and decisive leader with a learning mindset, and she is a champion of leveraging data and digitalisation to deliver business results. I’m confident she has the expertise and leadership approach to continue driving our organisation forward as our CFO,” said Dave MacLennan, Cargill chairman, and CEO.

The appointment comes less than a month after Cargill made sweeping changes to its leadership team.

The company appointed Brian Sikes, previously the leader of the company’s global protein and salt enterprise, as its chief operating officer. Jon Nash was named to the executive team as his successor at the global protein and salt enterprise.

Also joining the executive team is Pilar Cruz, who has been named chief sustainability officer. Cruz, whose career with the company started in 2002, most recently worked in the global aqua nutrition business.

Cargill also announced that after heading its global business and supply chains, Ruth Kimmelshue will take over as leader of its animal nutrition and health business.

Julian Chase, who joined the executive team in 2018 and now leads Cargill’s transformation initiatives, will be assuming the additional duties of leading its business operations and supply chains.

The company also announced David Webster will succeed Frank van Lierde, leader of food ingredients and bioindustrial business functions, who announced his retirement after 32 years with Cargill.

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 “These leaders are committed to our customer-driven growth strategy and have deep experience in, and a passion for, innovation, disruption and building safe, responsible and sustainable solutions in food and agriculture,” said Dave MacLennan, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer.

“As we accelerate our growth strategy into specialties and value-add spaces, I’m confident this is the team to lead Cargill forward.”

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