Pilar Cruz

Pilar Cruz

Chief sustainability officer

Cargill

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A Cargill veteran who’s worked in six countries for the agribusiness giant, Pilar Cruz was named chief sustainability officer in March. She says she’s identifying “investments in innovations that have the greatest potential to build a sustainable, resilient global food system.” A native of Colombia, Cruz is the first Latina on Minnetonka-based Cargill’s executive team. She labels herself a “connector” who is collaborating with farmers, customers, non-governmental organizations, and other partners to develop “industrywide solutions to the urgent climate challenges.” Her goals include “transforming how food is grown, how it’s produced, and how we move food to family tables.”