Business Operations & Supply Chain, Chief Sustainability Officer
Ruth Kimmelshue leads the company’s integrated supply chain, research and development, and sustainability practices. She also oversees Cargill’s communications, brand and corporate responsibility functions.
During her 20 years at Cargill, Ruth has served in numerous leadership roles across the company’s varied businesses, including protein and salt, turkey and cooked meats, and agriculture supply chain. She began her career at Continental Grain, holding roles in the United States and Europe, spanning merchandising and trading, facilities and general management, economic analysis, and marketing and sales. Continental Grain’s merchandising business was acquired by Cargill in 1999.
Ruth grew up on an almond and bean farm in Northern California and channels her passion for agriculture through her work at Cargill and by serving on the board of the Agriculture Future of America. She also serves as an executive committee member of the National Association of Manufacturers and is on the board of H.B. Fuller Company.
Ruth holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master's degree in agricultural economics from Stanford University.
She resides in Minnesota with her husband and three children.