ARDEN HILLS, MN
Land O'Lakes' Carol Kitchen, Senior Vice President/General Manager of Global Dairy Ingredients, has been named Female Executive of the Year by the Women in Agribusiness National Advisory Board. Kitchen received the award during the Women in Agribusiness Summit held Thursday in Minneapolis. She has worked at Land O'Lakes for 15 years.
"In her career at Land O'Lakes, and particularly as an officer and member of our senior strategy team, Carol has had a significant impact on both our business and our culture of mentoring," said Chris Policinski, President and Chief Executive Officer at Land O'Lakes. "She translates her innovative approach to driving our global business into supporting her colleagues and developing future leaders. Carol is a strong advocate for women in leadership roles in food and agribusiness, and she fosters a deep commitment to collaboration and growth. We are very pleased to see her contributions recognized by others in the industry."
The Women in Agribusiness' Demeter Award of Excellence is given in four categories, including Female Executive of the Year, and recognizes the achievements of executives and entrepreneurs who have significantly furthered the mission of women in agribusiness, according to a press release. This is the inaugural year of the award.
Kitchen has served in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility including leading the company's Global Dairy Ingredients business and also serving as leader of Corporate Strategy, Business Development and International; vice president, International; and, Controller and Director of Strategy and International Development.
"It is an honor to be the inaugural recipient of this award," said Carol Kitchen. "Diversity of opinion matters – and the different perspective women bring to business challenges can strengthen our businesses overall. We need to engage women – and men – at all levels to ensure women are supported, mentored and encouraged to achieve senior level leadership roles throughout the food and agriculture industry."
Congratulations Carol, on your recent honor!