“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 is the group executive vice president and chief operating officer for Land O’Lakes, Inc. She is responsible for the Purina Animal Nutrition and U.S. Dairy Foods businesses, which reported 2015 net sales totaling more than $8 billion. Additionally, Beth is the chief supply chain officer, with accountability for all supply chain, operations, IT and R&D functions across the Land O'Lakes, Inc. enterprise.
In her 30 years of experience as a global operator, Beth has held senior and line leadership positions in seven companies across six industries, including Energy (Mobil Oil), Consumer Packaged Goods (Pepsi/Pepsi Bottling Group), QSR (Perseco), Publishing (Scholastic and Hachette), Chemicals (International Flavors and Fragrances) and now Food Production and Agribusiness.
A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Beth earned an MBA from Columbia University Business School and a BBA from Iowa State University. She remains involved in both universities, sitting on the Deming Center Board of Advisors for Columbia Business School and the Dean's Advisory Committee for the College of Business at Iowa State. Beth also sits on multiple non-profit boards, including Greater Twin Cities United Way, The Children’s Theater of Minneapolis, the Go Red for Women event for the American Heart Association in Minneapolis, and SCM World.
Additionally, Beth sits on the Board of Directors for two publicly traded companies, Clearwater Papers, Inc. and PACCAR, Inc., both of which are recognized in the Fortune 150 and 750 lists, respectively.