In her new role, Ms. Hart will assume responsibilities for the vision, strategy and functional model of the company’s global business solutions organizations. She will oversee sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion, communications and procurement as well as Simplot’s aviation and facilities services.
Karin Hart has been named senior VP of global solutions at J.R. Simplot Co., a family-owned, secretly held food and agribusiness organization. Ms. Hart has over twenty years of experience leading deals and marketing endeavors for Simplot’s food group business. She most as of late was VP of worldwide business, where she administered global communications, procurement and sustainability. Before that she drove the organization’s worldwide business with McDonald’s Corp. Preceding joining Simplot, she was an marketing manager for Conagra Brands’ foodservice division and an product manager at McCain Foods.
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“Karin has proven her leadership capabilities in a number of areas over her career at Simplot,” said Garrett Lofto, president and chief executive officer. “Her vision, strategic mindset and incredible customer experience are all attributes we value as a senior leadership team, and each will serve her well.”
Ms. Hart’s promotion comes with the retirement of Sue Richardson, senior vice president of global business transformation, who will step down from her role at the end of the month after 13 years with the company.
“Sue has been a tireless and versatile leader,” Mr. Lofto said. “Her ability to take on new challenges and initiatives with poise and vision will be missed, and her advocacy for equality was inspiring. We wish her and her family all the best in this exciting new phase of her life.”
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Simplot’s portfolio includes food processing and food brands, phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, ranching and cattle production, farming and other enterprises related to agriculture. The company has major operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia and China, with products and services available to customers worldwide.
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