President, Cargill Business Services
As the leader of Cargill Business Services (CBS), Kathy Fortmann is responsible for building the company’s global shared service organization, which currently offers IT, HR, Finance, Transportation & Logistics, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement, Ocean Transportation, and Trade Execution services to Cargill businesses around the world. Kathy was appointed to the Executive Team, Cargill’s global leadership group, in November 2015. In CBS’ first year, Kathy led her team through the development and opening of six shared service centers. Kathy joined Cargill in Wayzata, Minnesota in 2005 as Americas Polyols Product Manager in Cargill Sweetness Solutions, and she relocated to Belgium in early 2007 as vice president, Global Polyols & Dextrose within Cargill Health & Nutrition. She was appointed to lead CBS in 2014 after a successful tenure as business unit leader of Starches & Sweeteners Europe in the Food Ingredients & Systems Platform. Prior to joining Cargill, Kathy spent 16 years with the DuPont Company, where she held a variety of positions in Europe and the U.S. Kathy earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tulsa (Okla.) University and a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. She joined CARE’s Board of Directors in 2016.