Chairman of the Board
Mr. Willits was elected to the Board in July 2018. From June 2014 to September 2018, he served in various senior management positions at Cargill Asia Pacific, including Chairman, where he lead Cargill’s Agriculture Supply Chain business in the Asia-Pacific region. He was responsible for several businesses within this group, including Cargill’s oil palm plantations, trading and merchandising in the Asia-Pacific region, and Cargill’s grains and oilseeds supply chain businesses in North Asia, South Asia and Australia. From February 2008 to May 2014, Mr. Willits served as President of Cargill Corn Milling America, where he oversaw all aspects of the corn processing business. Between January 2005 and February 2008, Mr. Willits served as President of Cargill Specialty Seed and Oil. Mr. Willits also held various other senior positions with Cargill between 1980 and 2005, during which he managed Cargill’s international wheat trading activities in Geneva, Switzerland, its grain business in Argentina and its specialty canola oils business. Mr. Willits received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture in Agricultural Economics. Based on his extensive industry experience and agricultural expertise, Mr. Willits brings to the Board significant industry expertise and knowledge of the agricultural industry in the Asia-Pacific and other geographic regions.