David MacLennan is chairman and chief executive officer of Cargill, responsible for setting the company’s strategic direction, investing for growth and delivering strong earnings. He leads the company’s Executive Team. MacLennan was elected to the Cargill Board of Directors in 2008. He had previously served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. After joining Cargill in 1991, MacLennan established broad Cargill expertise, holding management positions across the financial, risk management, energy, and animal protein businesses, working from London, Geneva and now, Minneapolis. Prior to joining Cargill, he worked in the futures and securities trading sector in Chicago, and later served as president of Fixed Income Capital Markets at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.