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Cargill names executive team members

Company appoints Joanne Knight as CFO, Philippa Purser as head of strategy and global process leader

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Cargill has appointed Joanne Knight as chief financial officer (CFO) and Philippa Purser as strategy and global process leader.

"As Cargill continues to navigate dynamic global markets, operational excellence and a clearly articulated vision driven by purpose and values will define the company's success," said Brian Sikes, Cargill president and CEO.

"Joanne and Philippa are exceptional leaders with a compelling blend of strategic discipline, well-honed operating skills, and a relentless passion for serving our customers and people. I am looking forward to their continued leadership and partnership."

Joanne Knight, CFO

Knight, who currently serves as Cargill's acting CFO, is a seasoned finance leader who has built her career on delivering results through dynamic market cycles.

Before this role, Knight was vice president of finance for Cargill's Agriculture Supply Chain enterprise, including Ocean Transportation and the World Trading Group.

Before Cargill, she spent ten years in finance, marketing, and business leadership roles at General Mills that included P&L responsibility, as well as roles in supply chain finance, sales finance, and financial planning and analysis.

She also held finance leadership roles at Wachovia. Knight earned her bachelor of science degree in finance and management from the University of Virginia and her master of business administration degree from Harvard University.

Philippa Purser, strategy and global process leader

Purser, a 32-year Cargill veteran, brings deep global experience and relentless focus on people and culture, delivering for customers and defining growth strategies to this role. She currently serves as Cargill's Agriculture Supply Chain Group Leader in EMEA, leading significant transformation and operational improvements.

With broad industry experience across multiple businesses, cycles, and geographies, Purser has held leadership roles in the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. Purser earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Cambridge University.

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