“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.
Beth is known as a forward-looking integrative strategist who champions innovation, talent and career development as levers to drive business growth. She has driven outstanding business results by utilizing the breadth of her global operations experience and her functional and business strategy expertise. Through partnerships with the business divisions she leads at Land O’Lakes, Inc., gross margins have expanded and profits and market share have increased for both U.S. Dairy Foods and Purina Animal Nutrition each of the past several years. Beth believes fulfilling the company purpose of feeding human progress is paramount in meeting the challenges facing our world today.
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.