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Brian Sikes assumes leadership of the board of directors at Cargill

The election of Sikes continues the transition from former president, CEO and chair from the retiring Dave MacLennan.

Brian Sikes, president and CEO at Cargill
Brian Sikes, president and CEO at Cargill

Cargill, one of the world's largest privately held corporations in the food and agriculture sector, has announced that Brian Sikes, currently serving as president and CEO, will assume the role of chair of Cargill’s board of directors, effective January 1, 2024. This transition comes as a result of the retirement of Dave MacLennan, who has held the position of executive chair of Cargill’s board and has been a pivotal figure in the company's trajectory. As the newly elected chair, Sikes is expected to build upon the legacy left by MacLennan and lead the board with a focus on innovation, sustainability and resilience in an ever-evolving global market.

Sikes embarked on his career with the company in 1991. His ascent to the position of president and CEO in January 2023 marked a significant milestone not only in his career but also in Cargill's 158-year history. Sikes, the 10th CEO to lead the company, is celebrated for his unwavering commitment to fostering a positive company culture.

Brian Sikes, president and CEO at CargillBrian Sikes, president and CEO at CargillCargillSikes expressed gratitude and confidence in the company's future.

"It is an honor to be elected board chair, and I am confident the best days for our company, and its greatest contributions, lie ahead," Sikes said.

He acknowledged the exceptional contributions of MacLennan, recognizing his outstanding service and visionary leadership as executive chair of the board and former president and CEO.

Sikes emphasized that he steps into his new role from a position of strength, underlining the solid foundation, business model and culture that MacLennan has meticulously crafted during his tenure.

Sikes' leadership philosophy centers on people and culture, key elements he believes are integral to sustaining growth and adapting to changing business landscapes.

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