MINNEAPOLIS– Cargill announced on Nov. 19 that Brian Sikes will lead the global protein and salt businesses. Sikes is taking over the position from Todd Hall who is retiring after 36 years with the company. 

Brian Sikes

Sikes started with Cargill in 1991. In his most recent position he led the North American protein business, where he’s focused on financial growth and expanding offerings to meet shifting consumer demand for value-added protein, sustainable supply chains and alternative proteins.

“Cargill Protein and Salt has experienced strong growth for many years, and Todd has led some of Cargill’s largest and most successful acquisitions,” said David MacLennan, Cargill chairman and CEO. “We are confident Brian is the right leader to build on that success, and he has demonstrated an authentic leadership style, customer-first focus and an ability to drive change in his role as president of North American protein. Brian has also created inclusive and diverse teams, which is a top priority for Cargill.” 

Sikes also led the development of Cargill’s new North American protein headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, which is hosting a grand opening Dec. 6, 2018.

Sikes will officially join the 11-member executive team for Cargill in early 2019. The company’s protein and salt businesses have more than 60,000 employees in 16 countries with operations in North America, Latin America, China and Southeast Asia.