Chris Policinski, Land O’Lakes president and CEO for the past 13 years, will retire effective June 30, according to the farmer-owned cooperative.
The size of the company has doubled since he assumed leadership in 2005, the company stated. In addition, he oversaw a global expansion through joint ventures in South Africa and Kenya and the 2016 merger with United Suppliers.
With nearly 40 years of experience in the food industry, Policinski held positions at Kraft General Foods, Bristol-Myers Squibb and The Pillsbury Co. before joining Land O’Lakes. In addition, he is active at the board level in various industry associations, trade groups and corporations.
The Land O’Lakes board of directors is forming a search committee to identify a permanent CEO and has appointed Peter Janzen as interim CEO.
Janzen, Land O’Lakes chief administrative officer, will postpone his recently announced retirement until the new CEO has been named. He has been with the company his entire career, joining Land O’Lakes in 1983.