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

Zazes, Flurps and the Moral World of Kids

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal: Here’s a question. There are two groups, Zazes and Flurps. A Zaz hits somebody. Who do you think it was, another Zaz or a Flurp?It’s depressing, but you have to admit that it’s more likely that the Zaz hit the Flurp. That’s an understandable reaction for an experienced, world-weary reader of The Wall Street Journal. But here’s something even more depressing—4-year-olds give the same answer.In my last column, I talked about some disturbing new research showing that preschoolers are already unconsciously biased against other racial groups. Where does this bias come from?Marjorie Rhodes at New York University argues that children are “intuitive sociologists” trying to make sense of the social world. We already know that very young children make up theories about everyday physics, psychology and biology. Dr. Rhodes thinks that they have theories about social groups, too.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Cricket: NCF Reveals A First For Women’s National Team

first_imgThe Nigeria Cricket Federation will appoint a Cricket Services Manager for the women’s national team for the first time ever and direct fifty per cent of revenues to funding women’s cricket, a move which it says is geared towards developing the women’s game.NCF president Professor Yahaya Ukwenya made the revelation in an appearance on Channels Television where he disclosed the Federation’s commitment to equal treatment for men’s and women’s cricket.Women’s cricket in particular has found a resurgence under the Ukwenya-led NCF.The women’s national team faced Rwanda in a bilateral series early last year in what was their first international outing in years and the team recorded another first when they competed for the first-ever time at the 2019 ICC World Cup Africa Women’s Qualifiers in Zimbabwe where they defeated Mozambique and lost to Rwanda.Ukwenya said the NCF intends to build on the foundations laid so far for the women’s game by employing dedicated personnel and increasing funding to ensure rapid development of women’s cricket.“We have a very important plan for female cricket. We are on the verge of employing for the first time, female Cricket Services Manager who will oversee female cricket specifically,” Ukwenya told Channels TV.“The other thing we have planned is that fifty per cent of the resources and investment of grassroots development will go to the girls because we feel this is an area we can work on.”In addition to dedicated coaches and increased funding for the women, Ukwenya said the NCF will continue organising Inter-State competitions for female cricketers to ensure steady engagement and regular competition for the players.“Again, we have a female competition that we are going to continue regularly.“Inter-State Competitions will see that those crop of players that are playing at the moment are competing regularly and we are getting the best out of them.“Whatever we put into male cricket, we are also equally putting into female cricket as well because we are behind in this area. We didn’t start female cricket development early in Nigeria. Nevertheless, we hope that within a few years from now, we should be able to compete favourably with the best female teams on the continent.”RelatedICC Women’s World Cup: No Pressure on Female Yellow Greens, Says NCF President (AUDIO)May 5, 2019In “Cricket”Cricket Will Rival Football In Nigeria – NCF VP Uyi Akpata (AUDIO)August 11, 2020In “Cricket”Cricket Takes A Dive for Nigeria’s Sporting InterestFebruary 20, 2019In “Sports”last_img read more