Anticipating continued growth for the company and bolstering its leadership accordingly, Land O’Lakes, Inc. announced two major promotions this week. The company promoted Beth Ford to Chief Operating Officer, Land O'Lakes Businesses, and Brad Oelmann to Chief Operating Officer, Land O'Lakes Services.
"As Land O'Lakes continues to deliver year-over-year record earnings, we are solidifying our management strategy for the future," said Chris Policinski, President and CEO, Land O'Lakes, Inc., in a company press release.
In her new capacity as Chief Operating Officer, Land O'Lakes Businesses, Ford will oversee all Land O'Lakes Businesses, and her role will expand to include overall responsibility for the WinField United business. She will continue P&L responsibility for both the Purina® Animal Nutrition and the Land O'Lakes Dairy Foods businesses and retain her previous responsibilities for system-wide Supply Chain, Operations, and IT. Ford will also lead development of the company’s e-commerce platform.
According to Land O’Lakes’ press release, Ford has guided successful strategic and financial years ever since being named the head of the food and feed businesses. In Dairy Foods, Ford has led record growth in Foodservice and was key in identifying the opportunity and leading the Vermont Creamery acquisition.
Ford joined Land O’Lakes in 2011 from International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF), where she was responsible for optimizing the company's global manufacturing infrastructure, including consolidation of multiple international facilities, as well as the construction of new manufacturing facilities in India, China, and Singapore. Before that, Ford served in a number of supply chain and operations management roles with companies including Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo, and Pepsi Bottling Company.
Oelmann has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, Land O'Lakes Services from the role of EVP, Member Relations, Business Development Services, which he took on in the Spring 2017. His new responsibilities will include all services Land O'Lakes offers to its coop members. In addition to his current responsibilities for Member Services and Business Development Services, Oelmann will add overall responsibility for Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN, Crop Nutrients, FLM Harvest, and Government Relations.
In addition to experience as CEO of both United Suppliers Inc. and Aligned Ag Distributors, Oelmann played key marketing roles for United Suppliers and spent a year with United Agri Products (UAP) as Director of Products and Markets.
We at Deli Market News congratulate both Ford and Oelmann in their new roles and wish them and the Land O’Lakes team well going forward.