Land O’Lakes Inc.
Since becoming CEO of Land O’Lakes in 2005, Chris Policinski has doubled the size of the farmer-owned co-op despite one of the worst downturns in global commodity prices. By sticking to zero-based budgets, Policinski oversaw company-wide profit growth of 65 percent in second-quarter 2016, which he’s using to position the co-op for long-term growth. Policinski recently completed two strategic investments in Africa to provide services and animal feed to farmers in a region with some of the strongest long-term growth potential. And he’s poised to expand further when the cost of buying dairies moves off current highs.