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Like the company she leads, Beth Ford's career was built on a diverse and broad portfolio and a keen interest in innovation. She is president and chief executive officer of Land O'Lakes, Inc., the 100-year-old member-owned cooperative. The fortune 200 ag and food giant boasts a unique farmer-to-fork portfolio from seed to feed to food, including the nation's No. 1 butter brand.
As one of the few women to head a Fortune 500 company, Beth has been recognized as one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women, Time Magazine's Firsts and one of Fast Company's Best Leaders of 2018. Her 30-year career includes leadership in seven companies in six industries -- energy at Mobil, food and beverage at Pepsi, and publishing at Scholastic, to name a few -- combined with experience on two publicly traded boards and high-level involvement in the community and the food and ag industry.
Today, she is leading groundbreaking work at Land O'Lakes, Inc. to help farmers grow more with less and answer consumer questions about where their food comes from. With nearly 4,000 member-farmers, $15 billion in net sales and a company that touches half the harvested acres in the country and feeds nearly 100 million animals every day, Beth has a rich perspective from which to draw.