USA- One of the world’s largest commodity traders, Cargill has named Joanne Knight chief financial officer, and Philippa Purser head of strategy and global process leader.
The two will help accelerate the company’s strategic priorities and commitment to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way, according to a statement from Cargill.

“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,” said Brian Sikes, Cargill CEO.

Until her appointment Joanne Knight was serving as Cargill’s acting CFO following the departure of Jamie Miller to Ernst & Young where she will serve as the global finance chief of a proposed public company with ties to Ernst & Young.

Before assuming the CFO position, she served as the vice president of finance for Cargill’s Agriculture Supply Chain enterprise, including Ocean Transportation and the World Trading Group.

Before Cargill, Knight spent a decade in finance, marketing, and business leadership roles at General Mills. She held finance leadership roles at Wachovia, a financial services company now owned by Wells Fargo and Co.

On the other hand, Philippa Purser has been Cargill’s Agriculture Supply Chain Group leader in Europe and Middle East Africa (EMEA) and boasts of leading significant transformation and operational improvements.

She has been with Cargill for 32 years, holding leadership roles in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia, and her vast experience will serve Cargill as they navigate different global markets.

“We are excited about adding these two new leaders to our diverse executive team and committed to driving meaningful impact,” Sikes said.

Earlier, Cargill Inc. was fined US$15,138 in Texas after a federal investigation found a food safety sanitation services provider had employed more than 100 children illegally in hazardous jobs, according to a news release from the United States Department of Labor.

The news release states that Packers Sanitation Services Inc. employed minors to use caustic chemicals to clean razor-sharp saws, and other high-risk equipment at 13 meat processing facilities in eight states and Cargill in Friona was among those listed.

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