Beth FordLand O'Lakes
With career spanning over 34 years, Beth Ford is no stranger to being a leader in the business world. As CEO of Land O’Lakes, Ford considers a true leader someone who makes the people around them successful rather than focusing on accolades and their own career. She wants Land O’Lakes to be known for great products, innovation, and high-tech. She joined the company in 2011, holding various roles across the company from COO, to the head of Dairy Foods and Purina Animal Nutrition businesses. Prior to Land O’Lakes she held executive operations management and supply chain roles at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Company, and Scholastic. Ford has been recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and Most Powerful Women and is the first openly gay woman to be recognized.
Year appointed: 2018