Cargill Protein names Jon Nash as foodservice president

by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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 Jon Nash, Cargill Foodservice
Jon Nash's promotion is part of a leadership transformation and organizational shift at Cargill Protein.
 
WICHITA, Kan. – Cargill Protein has named Jon Nash president of its foodservice channel effective at the start of its fiscal year on June 1.

“Throughout his career at Cargill, Jon has imparted his expertise and knowledge to our organization while also displaying the attributes of a top-tier leader,” said Brian Sikes, Cargill corporate vice president and president of Wichita-based Cargill Protein. “Through his thoughtful and determined leadership approach and drive for success, Jon exemplifies qualities we value as an organization.”  

Nash joined Cargill in October 1998 at the company’s Schuyler, Nebraska, beef processing facility. In 2005, Nash moved to Cargill’s Fresno, California, beef processing facility as the controller and was promoted to the complex’s general manager in June 2013.  In 2015, he was named operations lead for Cargill Value Added Protein, and led the operations, engineering, and environmental, health and safety (EHS) teams. Prior to his latest promotion, Nash was the integration lead for the Cargill Protein transformation.

Nash earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Univ. of Missouri and an MBA from Virginia Tech.  

Cargill Protein has been undergoing a leadership transformation, shifting the organization from a species and production focus to a customer channel focus. The new organization focuses on retail, foodservice, protein ingredients and growth ventures. The transformation also includes a new model for business operations and supply chain (BOSC) management, and marketing and innovation.

The leadership positions in the new customer-first oriented organization include:

Tom Windish, retail channel president, formerly responsible for the Cargill Food Distribution business;
John Niemann, protein ingredients and international channel president, formerly responsible for the Cargill Turkey and Cooked Meats business;
Sonya Roberts, growth ventures and strategic pricing president, formerly responsible for Cargill’s egg business;
John Keating, business operations and supply chain (BOSC) president, formerly responsible for the Cargill Beef business;
Chuck Gitkin, CMO, who recently joined Cargill from another protein company.

“A tremendous amount of time and effort has been invested to carefully construct our protein organization for the future to ensure consistent and sustained success in the marketplace and profitable growth for our customers, and Cargill, for many years to come,” Sikes said. “Our goal is to delight customers by being their protein supplier of choice.  To do that, we will engage and develop talent, invest in communities and nourish people, animals and the planet in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.”   
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