February 24, 2023

Cargill names 2 new executives

Joanne Knight, named acting Chief Financial officer of Cargill in January, has been appointed to the position, and the Minnesota-headquartered global food corporation has made another addition to its executive team.

Knight was appointed CFO on Feb. 20, while Philippa Purser was named head of strategy and global process leader.

“As Cargill continues to navigate dynamic global markets, operational excellence and a clearly articulated vision driven by purpose and values will define the company’s success,” Brian Sikes, Cargill president and CEO, said in a statement.
“Joanne and Philippa are exceptional leaders with a compelling blend of strategic discipline, well-honed operating skills, and a relentless passion for serving our customers and people. I am looking forward to their continued leadership and partnership.”

Knight previously served as vice president of finance for Cargill’s Agriculture Supply Chain enterprise, including Ocean Transportation and the World Trading Group. Before Cargill, she spent ten years in finance, marketing, and business leadership roles at General Mills.

Knight earned her Bachelor of Science degree in finance and management from the University of Virginia and her Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

Purser, a 32-year Cargill veteran, currently serves as the company’s Agriculture Supply Chain group leader in EMEA, leading transformation and operational improvements. Purser has held leadership roles in the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Cambridge University.


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