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Brian Sikes

Chief Operating Officer 

Brian SikesBrian Sikes is Cargill's Chief Operating Officer.  Brian is focused on a global challenge: feeding an additional two billion people by 2050. To advance this aim, he drives strategic disruption and delivers products for today’s customers and the next generation of global consumers.

Brian began his career with Cargill in 1991 and joined the executive team in 2019. Most recently, he lead Cargill’s global protein and salt businesses across 17 countries. Previously, he led the transformation of the North American protein business, which has delivered strong financial  results and expanded offerings in line with shifting demand for value-added protein, sustainable supply chains and alternative proteins.

Brian has proven experience leading operations, commercial teams and talent management. He has worked across Cargill’s protein business, serving as the president of Cargill’s foodservice team and overseeing Cargill’s protein business in North America and Europe. He also led global talent management for the company. Brian is known in the industry for developing deep bench depth of leaders and mentoring people with unconventional career paths.  

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics from Texas Tech University. He currently lives in Wichita, Kansas, but is relocating to Minneapolis. His passion for mentoring extends beyond his work day. He serves on the board of The Greater Wichita Partnership.