Land O’Lakes, Inc names Ford CEO

first_imgVermont Creamery, Inc,Vermont Business Magazine The Land O’Lakes, Inc Board of Directors announced today its selection of Beth Ford as President and CEO of one of the nation’s largest food and agricultural cooperatives and #216 on the Fortune 500. Ford assumes leadership of the company following the retirement of Chris Policinski. Ford will assume the role of President and CEO effective August 1. Land O’Lakes owns Vermont Creamery in Websterville, which it bought in March 2017 for an undisclosed sum. Vermont Creamery produces goat cheese and butter.Ford comes to the CEO role after a series of successful executive postings within the company. In December 2017, Ford was named Chief Operating Officer of Land O’Lakes Businesses, in which role she oversaw Land O’Lakes’ WinField United, Purina Animal Nutrition and Dairy Foods business units. Prior to that, Ford was head of Land O’Lakes’ Dairy Foods and Purina Animal Nutrition businesses, where she led record performance and growth, leveraging innovation through R&D to strengthen both brands. She also was instrumental in the acquisition of Vermont Creamery in early 2017.Prior to joining Land O’Lakes in 2011, Ford had excelled in executive operations management and supply chain roles at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Company and Scholastic. Ford has more than 20 years’ experience specifically in the areas of technology and R&D, as well, across these four companies.Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Beth earned an MBA at Columbia University Business School and a BBA at Iowa State University. She remains involved in both universities, sitting on the Deming Center Board of Advisors for Columbia Business School and the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Business at Iowa State.Ford also sits on the Board of Directors for the National Milk Producers Federation and non-profit boards, including Greater Twin Cities United Way in Minneapolis. She sits on the Boards of Directors of two publicly traded companies, including PACCAR, Inc.Announcing her appointment, Board Chairman Pete Kappelman said, “At a time of unprecedented change in the agriculture and food industries, no person is better suited to lead us into the future than Beth Ford. Since joining our company in 2011, Beth has proven she’s not afraid of hard work, and she sees every challenge as an opportunity to deliver more value for our cooperative. She’s built a track record of success in a wide array of leadership roles across a decades-long career, and in her seven years at Land O’Lakes, she has earned the trust and respect of our members, employees and customers. We are thrilled to have someone of such strong qualifications and character to build on the legacy of growth that Land O’Lakes has established.”Commenting on her appointment, Ford said, “I’m humbled and honored to have the chance to serve this great organization. I am grateful to the Board of Directors for their trust in me and for the management team that built the strong foundation we currently enjoy. I look forward to continuing to work with the talented and dedicated leadership team, as well as our outstanding employees to deliver for our member-owners, customers and communities. There has never been a more exciting time to be in the agriculture and food industry. Together, our team will work to continue our growth trajectory, as we lead the way forward into the company’s next 100 years.”Ford becomes the ninth CEO of Land O’Lakes, one of the nation’s largest agricultural cooperatives, which was founded in 1921. Ford and her spouse, Jill Schurtz, have three teenage children and live in Minneapolis. About Land O’Lakes, Inc(link is external).  Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2017 annual sales of $14 billion, Land O’Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 216 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 97 years of operation, Land O’Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField United and Land O’Lakes SUSTAINTM. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O’Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.SOURCE ARDEN HILLS, Minn., July 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Land O’Lakes, Inc. is external)last_img read more

Preston loss hurt but we’re different now – Wright

first_imgPreston North End travel to Ashton Gate for the 7.45pm kick-off, for the first time since last season’s 5-0 victory over Lee Johnson’s side.And City skipper Wright could make his first club start after receiving a retrospective two-match ban for an off-the-ball incident against Fulham.Since then he has also been involved with Australia, who beat Honduras 3-1 in a two-legged play-off final tie to earn their place at next summer’s World Cup – their fourth consecutive appearance on football’s biggest stage.Speaking to BCTV, he said: “It’s frustrating to have been suspended for two games but it’s done and dusted now and I’m back, ready for selection. “The last few results have been good, the boys have done really well. Competition for places is nice and strong and that’s what you want. I’m back, ready and fit if selected so I am looking forward to the game.WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION”It was a special feeling, a bit of relief as well because we did it the long way but looking back on it it’s much more enjoyable doing it the long way in the end as long as you do it. It was a great, very special international break, so lucky with me I got to share it with friends and family in Australia and with all the boys.”It’s been a long path. Our aim was never just to qualify; our aim was to qualify and be ready for a World Cup and to compete against any side so that’s what we’re looking for now. “The celebrations are done and dusted, still feels fresh and special but the focus is now back with Bristol City and to make sure things go well here. Hopefully that works out and I’m ready for a World Cup.”FAMILIAR FACESWright, 25, spent seven-and-a-half years at Deepdale before making the move south to BS3. It was Preston North End who signed the Melbourne-born player off the back of one training session, when Wright was just 16 and living on the other side of the world.He said: “I had a great time at Preston. A long chunk of my career was spent there. I played against them as well last year which wasn’t memorable but again they are doing well this year, they are a good side with a lot of good, young players who play good football.”They come here and we’re high on confidence, everything is going well for us so we’re prepared we can get the job done against them.”For me it’s no different to any other game. Obviously I spent a lot of time there but again any game your prepare for, you prepare the same and I’ll be doing that.”I want to beat anyone who comes in front of us and that hurt me last year. I would be lying if I said it didn’t but that’s football. I think that was a bit of a kick in the right direction for us last season.”Lessons learntThe Lilywhites beat City 5-0 at Deepdale in April – the last time these two teams met.Wright continued: “We are a completely different outfit to what we were then, both on and off the pitch. There’s been a culture change you could say. They are coming to Ashton Gate which we have made a fortress this year and that won’t change tomorrow.”Because of the international break it feels like a while so since we played here. Cardiff was our last game which was a nice result so it’s nice to get back on home soil.”Under the lights is always extra special. A bit of extra wet on the surface suits us and under the lights, so I’m sure we will have another good crowd as we have done all season. It feels like we haven’t played at home for ages so the lads are buzzing to get out there.”FORMCity head into the tie, knowing they could extend their unbeaten run to six matches. Since that Preston defeat in April, City have played 26 matches, losing just three times. Preston are winless in their last seven games but a win would take them within a point of the play-offs.Buy your Preston tickets herelast_img read more