Land O'Lakes, Inc. has a new Chief Operating Officer for its U.S. Dairy Foods businesses, promoting the company’s head of Supply Chain and Operations, Information Technology, and Research and Development, Beth Ford.
In addition to retaining her previous responsibilities for Supply Chain and Operations, Information Technology and Research and Development, she is also being promoted to Group Executive Vice President and COO for the Purina Animal Nutrition business.
"Beth has done a remarkable job of establishing and leading a fully integrated supply chain and operations function,” said Chris Policinski, President and CEO of Land O'Lakes, Inc. “Adding IT and R&D to her responsibilities has resulted in even stronger functional teamwork and improved operating effectiveness. These accomplishments and her stronger partnerships with the business units opened new opportunities with our customers and built capabilities for continued rapid growth.”
Prior to joining Land O'Lakes in 2011, Ford was a staple at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF). In her role at IFF, Ford 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, according to a press release. Before her position at IFF, she held leadership positions at companies in multiple industries including PepsiCo/Pepsi Bottling Group, Mobil Oil, and Scholastic Corporation.