September 16, 2015


Cargill welcomes former executive to leadership team


Gert-Jan van den Akker, a former Cargill executive and managing director, will return to the company as a member of the Cargill Leadership Team, the global executive group in charge of Cargill's strategic direction and organisational priorities.


Van den Akker's appointment will be effective from December 1, 2015.


"Van den Akker's global perspective, background in trading and risk management, and leadership philosophy will play an important role in driving Cargill's direction and goals," said David MacLennan, Cargill's chairman and CEO.


A Dutch national, van den Akker joined Cargill's grain and oilseed business in the Netherlands in 1987, as a management trainee. He then took on several assignments that led to roles with palm oil by-products in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, domestic grain markets in Tokyo, Japan, and corn and soybeans in Geneva, Switzerland.


In 1994, he joined Cargill's Ocean Transportation business, where he went on to serve as the managing director from 2007-2011. Under his leadership, the business increased volumes and delivered record earnings.


In 2011, van den Akker took a senior business leadership role for what is now Cargill Energy, Transportation & Metals, and was also a member of the Cargill Risk Committee. In 2013, he left Cargill to become the senior head of global regions at Louis Dreyfus, a privately owned food and agriculture company.


With his addition, the Cargill Leadership Team now comprises six members and includes David MacLennan, vice chairman Paul Conway, vice chairman and chief risk officer Emery Koenig, executive vice president and chief financial officer Marcel Smits, and senior vice president Todd Hall.


In his new role at Cargill, van den Akker will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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