President and Chief Executive Officer
Policinski is President and Chief Executive Officer of Land O’ Lakes, Inc., and has over 30 years of experience in the food industry. He joined Land O’Lakes in 1997, and was appointed President and CEO in 2005. Prior to joining Land O’Lakes, Policinski held leadership positions with Kraft General Foods, Bristol-Myers Squib and The Pillsbury Company.
He is a member of Board of Directors of industry associations (Grocery Manufacturers Association and National Council of Farmer Cooperatives) and is a Trustee of the University of Minnesota Foundation. Chris is also a member of the board of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, Xcel Energy and Hormel Foods.
Policinski earned his M.B.A. degree from New York University, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Executive Leadership Team
Senior Vice President, Feed Business to Business
Lisa Deverell is a Senior Vice President of the Feed Business to Business (B2B) portfolio. The B2B portfolio includes the Milk Replacer, Premix and Lab Diet businesses. Lisa joined Land O’Lakes, Inc. in 2004 as Vice President, Strategy, for Dairy Foods. After serving as CFO for both Dairy Foods and Ag Services, she transferred to VP, Feed B2B in 2013. She has prior work experience with International Multifoods and Pillsbury in a variety of Finance & Strategy roles. Lisa co-chairs the Women’s Leadership Network at Land O’Lakes and also sits on the Ecumen Board of Trustees, where she chairs the Audit Committee. Lisa has an undergraduate degree from Hamline University in Business and a MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.
Senior Vice President, U.S. Dairy Foods
John Ellenberger became Senior Vice President and General Manager for U.S. Dairy Foods in January 2014. Prior to that, he held several leadership roles in Land O’Lakes’ Retail and Foodservice business units since joining the company in 2008. Ellenberger brings many years of Marketing and General Management experience to Land O’Lakes, having held leadership positions in both consumer and business-to-business environments. Prior to joining Land O’Lakes, Ellenberger was Senior Director, Corporate Marketing for American Medical Systems where he had global responsibility for the development and expansion of the AMS brand, and prior to that, spent 15 years in marketing leadership roles at General Mills, Inc. Ellenberger has an MBA from the Carlson School of Management and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.
Group Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Food and Feed
Beth Ford is group executive vice president and chief operating officer for Land O’Lakes, Inc.’s Purina Animal Nutrition and U.S. Dairy Foods businesses. She also oversees Supply Chain and Operations, IT and R&D across the entire Land O’Lakes enterprise. Ford joined Land O’Lakes in 2011 from International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF). At IFF, she was responsible for optimizing the company’s global manufacturing infrastructure, including consolidation of multiple international facilities as well as the construction of new manufacturing facilities in India, China and Singapore. Prior to IFF, she held leadership positions at companies in multiple industries including PepsiCo/Pepsi Bottling Group, Mobil Oil and Scholastic Corporation.
A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Beth has a master’s in business administration from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s from Iowa State University. She is involved in numerous community and industry boards. She sits on the board of directors for Children’s Theater Company and Greater Twin Cities United Way. She serves on the Advisory Board for The W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School, the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Business at Iowa State University and the Executive Advisory Board of SCM World. During 2016, Ford will work with the American Heart Association as the chair for Twin Cities Go Red for Women. Ford has served on the board of directors for PACCAR since 2015 and Clearwater Paper Corporation since 2013.
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Heeringa became Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in January 2012. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Heeringa has 30 years of Human Resources and change management experience in multiple companies and industries. Since joining Land O’Lakes in 2004, he has also been Vice President Human Resources for Land O’Lakes Businesses and Director of Human Resources for Dairy Foods. Prior to Land O’Lakes, Heeringa was Vice President of Human Resources at Honeywell International and Vice President of Human Resources at the University of St. Thomas. Heeringa has a B.A. in Psychology from Hamline University and completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Purina Animal Nutrition
Hoogmoed was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Feed in 2010. For the prior eight years, he was Feed Vice President with various responsibilities, most recently for sales and the company’s Nutra Blend business. He has a 30-year career in the feed industry. Prior to joining Land O’Lakes in 2001, he was Executive Vice President of Purina Mills, with primary responsibility for the livestock agriculture business units. He had earlier held various officer, general management and sales management positions. Hoogmoed received his bachelor’s degree in Ag Economics from Rutgers University.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer
In January 2012, Janzen assumed an expanded role of General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, including oversight of Land O’Lakes Law Department, International Development Division (IDD), Communications, Community Relations, Government Affairs, Member Relations and Security. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel, having served in the Law Department since 1983. Janzen’s experience includes corporate governance, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, antitrust, intellectual property, litigation, and legal services for all business units. Janzen has a B.A. in Political Science and J.D. from Hamline University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, International
In 2012, Kaminski became Executive Vice President and Group Executive of the combined Dairy Foods Business – retail and foodservice divisions. Previously, Kaminski served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2010. He also served as General Manager of Dairy Solutions since joining Land O'Lakes in 2007. Prior to Land O'Lakes, Kaminski was a Vice President, General Manager at General Mills, where he held various leadership positions in the retail and business-to-business segments. In addition, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Sparboe Foods, a privately held, national egg producer and marketer. Kaminski has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
In January 2012, Knutson became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Land O'Lakes, assuming additional oversight of Land O’Lakes’ investment in the egg business, Moark, LLC. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and CFO. Knutson began his career with the cooperative in 1978 in the Internal Audit department and has held several positions in finance and accounting. A CPA and CMA, Knutson received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Tim Scott is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, and joined Land O'Lakes, Inc. in April 2015. Tim oversees B2C and B2B branding and marketing strategy. He is responsible for building marketing competencies across all businesses and geographies for Land O’Lakes, and has oversight for FLM+, a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes.Tim comes to Land O'Lakes, Inc. from the agency McGarryBowen, where he served as President and CEO, International. During his 31-year career, Tim has earned a reputation as a trusted advisor and skilled marketer, working with many complex and well-known global brands. Prior to working at McGarryBowen, Tim held leadership positions at DDB Worldwide Communications Group, FCB, and JWT.
Mike Vande Logt
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, WinField
Vande Logt assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in WinField effective January 1, 2013. Prior to this position, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of WinField since 2008. Vande Logt has 33 years of experience in the seed industry, the last 23 with Land O’Lakes. He was most recently vice president, Marketing, WinField, Seed Division. Upon joining Land O'Lakes, Vande Logt was a Corn Product Manager, Director of Marketing and Director of Sales and Marketing before assuming his leadership roles within the Seed Division.
Senior Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions and Ventures
Barry Wolfish is Senior Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions and Ventures at Land O'Lakes, Inc. In this role, Wolfish focuses on strategic growth through acquisitions, joint ventures and related integration efforts and provides oversight to many of Land O’Lakes’ existing Joint Venture investments. Previously, Wolfish served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President and provided company-wide leadership for marketing strategy and talent development and supported the organization through marketing insights and service support, including the successful acquisition and integration of Geosys in 2013. Wolfish brings more than 30 years of agriculture and food industry experience in marketing and general management roles. He joined Land O'Lakes as a vice president in 1999 within Dairy Foods. In 2005, he became vice president, Corporate Strategy and Business Development and was subsequently promoted to senior vice president Corporate Marketing and Communications in 2008. Prior to joining Land O'Lakes, Inc., Wolfish was with General Mills, where he held vice president positions for several businesses in both the US and Canada.