"Talent is my top priority. I believe our value as leaders is best measured by the success of the people we have been able to help bring along in their own careers and achievements."
Beth Ford serves as President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., a Fortune 200 food production and agribusiness company that is also a nearly 100-year-old farmer-owned cooperative. Beth's 34-year career spans six industries at seven companies. Since joining Land O’Lakes in 2011, she has held a variety of roles leading the company's farmer-to-fork business offerings. Today, she is a passionate advocate on behalf of farmers and rural America with the goal of connecting people, particularly in urban areas, to the farmers and rural communities who grow their food.
A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Beth holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in business from Columbia University Business School. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Business Roundtable, the Fortune 150 company PACCAR, Inc., and numerous other industry, non-profit and university boards.
Beth has been recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and Most Powerful Women and was named to Fast Company’s Most Productive People and Best Leaders lists, among other honors. She was also featured in the "60 Minutes" segment entitled "The Farmer’s Advocate" in the fall of 2019.
BBA, Iowa State University
MBA, Columbia Business School
International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF)
Hachette Scholastic Corporation
PepsiCo/Pepsi Bottling Group
Perseco Mobil Oil
Board of directors, PACCAR
Board of Directors, Business Roundtable
Board member, United States Global Leadership Campaign (USGLC)
Board member, The Consumer Goods Forum
Board member, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF)
Board member, Consumer Brands Association
Board member, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC)
Advisory board member, Deming Center at Columbia University
Executive committee, Greater Twin Cities United Way
Executive advisory board member, Iowa State University