Cargill's former vice president of corporate affairs Devry Boughner Vorwerk has been named to lead the company's global corporate affairs function.
Vorwerk was with Cargill for nearly 12 years before leaving in early 2016 to join Akin Gump, a Washington D.C.-based law firm, where she was a senior policy advisor in the firm's public law and policy practice.
In her new role as corporate vice president, Vorwerk will oversee Cargill's global branding, communications, corporate responsibility and government relations efforts.
"Devry is a leader in global food, agriculture and nutrition, with a great mix of education in agriculture, work experience in government, leadership in non-profits, and management experience at Cargill. Not only is Devry highly qualified to lead corporate affairs, she is passionate about advancing the company's vision and purpose to be the leader in nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way," said Cargill chairman and CEO David MacLennan.
While at Cargill previously, Vorwerk specialised in Cargill's Asia Pacific trade and investment policy strategies. She also managed Cargill's international government relations in Washington, D.C. and oversaw corporate affairs for Latin America. Prior to joining Cargill, Vorwerk worked at the US International Trade Commission in the Office of Industries and as economic advisor to the chairman. She also served as senior economist in agricultural affairs at the Office of the US Trade Representatives, which is part of the Executive Office of the President.
"I am honored to rejoin Cargill at this important time in our company's history," said Vorwerk. "We have more than 150 years of experience in advancing food and agriculture development, and the successes of the past are strong indicators of our ability to lead in important areas going forward. Cargill's commitment to sustainability, nutrition and food security is what drew me back to the company. I am eager to work with Cargill's businesses to address the root causes of undernutrition and obesity."
Among her many leadership roles in the food and agricultural sector, Vorwerk serves on the board of Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, the advisory board of the University of California's Agricultural Issues Center and Cornell University's Dyson School Advisory Council. She was named a 2014 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Vorwerk holds bachelors' degrees in agricultural economics and managerial economics from the University of California, Davis, and a master's degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University.