USA, Minneapolis. Agribusiness giant Cargill will start the new year under new leadership. The company announced that Brian Sikes would assume the role of President and CEO while Dave MacLennan would be transitioning to Executive Chair of Cargill’s Board of Directors.
According to a Cargill press release, Sikes is a 31-year Cargill veteran. The current COO will be the 10th CEO in Cargill’s 157-year history.
“As Cargill continues to navigate dynamic global markets, both operational excellence and a clearly articulated vision driven by purpose and values will define the company’s success, and there is no better person than Brian to lead Cargill,” said MacLennan. “He’s a person of action and results, with a relentless passion for serving our customers and our people. Brian has the qualities we value in a strong leader—integrity, empathy, resilience, and authenticity. Under his leadership, I am confident the best days for Cargill, and its greatest contributions, lie ahead.”
Sikes will succeed MacLennan, who joined the company in 1991 and served in multiple executive roles, including CFO and COO, before becoming the company’s Chairman and CEO in 2013.
“I am honored to succeed Dave as Cargill’s President and CEO,” said Sikes. “Under his visionary leadership, Cargill has a solid foundation, business model, and culture that positions us for long-term success. Our 160,000 employees across Cargill are the best in the industry. Together, we will grow with customers, strengthen our core and thoughtfully target new markets to ensure we are a reliable, sustainable partner for our customers –today and in the future.”
As Executive Chair of the Board, MacLennan will serve as an advisor to Sikes, the company, and the Board.