Krannert Executive Forum: Beth Ford

Group Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Land O'Lakes Inc.


  1. Beth Ford is the group executive vice president and chief operating officer for Land O’Lakes Inc. She has P&L responsibility for the Purina Animal Nutrition and U.S. Dairy Foods businesses, which reported 2015 net sales totaling over $8 billion. She also is the chief supply chain officer for the overall Land O’Lakes enterprise with accountability for supply chain, operations, IT and R&D functions.
  2. Beth has held senior and line leadership positions in seven companies across six industries, including Energy, Consumer Packaged Goods, QSR, Publishing, Chemicals and now Food Production and Agribusiness. Her seats on the board of directors of two publicly traded companies, Clearwater Papers Inc. and PACCAR Inc., expose her to two additional industry sectors. She earned an MBA from Columbia University Business School, a BBA from Iowa State University and serves on multiple nonprofit and university boards.