People On the Move: Greg Jones, Cargill’s First-Ever Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Global food giant Cargill, Inc., one of the largest privately held corporations in the United States based on revenue, has appointed its first-ever chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer.

Dan Niepow of Twin Cities Business has reported that U.S. Navy vet Greg Jones has been tasked with the role at the Minnetonka, Minnesota-based corporation.

“It’s the first time the agribusiness giant has had a position specifically devoted to diversity,” Niepow said. “As a global company, Cargill has already been diversifying its ranks throughout the years. In late 2020, Cargill joined the likes of Walmart [No. 22 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021], Nike and more than 30 other companies to launch a new initiative aimed at increasing employment opportunities for Black Americans.”

In a statement, the company said, “Jones’ hiring represents Cargill’s ongoing commitment to accelerate progress on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals: achieving gender parity, advancing underrepresented groups globally, and addressing anti-Black racism.”

Cargill’s Chief Human Resources Officer Myriam Beatove echoed that sentiment, adding that the company couldn’t be prouder to have Jones joining its ranks.

“Throughout the interview process, Greg impressed us as a leader who cares deeply about ensuring that every individual has the opportunity to realize their potential and use their unique perspective to help organizations succeed,” Beatove said.

Jones began his career in the U.S. Navy and then went on to become an electrical engineer for GE Healthcare in 1989. From there, he progressed up the corporate ladder, eventually leading diversity and inclusion efforts at numerous Fortune 500 companies, including United Airlines (No. 41 in 2021), Bank of America, and KeyBank (No. 23 in 2021).


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