Christopher (Chris) Roberts III

Christopher (Chris) Roberts III

President at Cargill Kitchen Solutions

Location
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Industry
Food Production

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Christopher (Chris) Roberts III's Overview

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  • President Kitchen Solutions at Cargill
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Christopher (Chris) Roberts III's Summary

Christopher Roberts has a strong brand pedigree, holding leadership positions at PepsiCo, Coca Cola and is currently President of a division of Cargill Inc., a $150B international producer and marketer of food and agricultural products and services.

As President of Cargill Kitchens, he is transforming the business by defining a new growth paradigm, raising the leadership capability and reinvigorating the innovation pipeline resulting in delivering sustainable profit growth.

Mission:
• To grow / build a global business that is sustainably profitable and as a byproduct helps people to do good by enabling them to focus on feeding and educating. In effect, to leave the planet better than we found it.

Expertise:
• Leading and driving growth in brand-driven, consumer oriented businesses with a specialty in companies in the food industry by creating holistic and profitable business strategies.
• Selecting, developing and leading high performing teams.
• Optimizing the operating structure to improve bottom line productivity.
• Assessing the product portfolio and implementing processes and strategies that drive innovation and topline revenues.
• Identifying profitable growth opportunities in adjacent geographies and categories.
• Developing and deepening customer relationships.

Specialties: President, Leadership, Strategy, Change Management, Business Excellence, Talent Development, P&L Management, M&A, Food Expert, Field to Fork Process, Grow Food, Make Food, Sell Food, Food Marketing, Field Marketing, Brand Building, Customer Management, Consumer Insights, New Product Marketing, Food Innovation, Supply Chain, Food Logistics, Food Procurement, Risk Management, Global Food Operations, Food Ingredients, Food Production, Pricing, Food Manufacturing, Food Cross Border Trade, Foodservice, Sales, Grocery Retail, CPG, Food Joint Ventures, Food & Beverage, Social Media, Keynote Speaker, Board of Directors, Nonprofits Boards

Christopher (Chris) Roberts III's Experience

President Kitchen Solutions

Cargill

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Food Production industry

August 2011Present (3 years 2 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Leading P&L for an multi million dollar wholly-owned Cargill subsidiary which specializes in marketing and producing value-added egg and bread products. Lead team of executives and 1,000+ associates across all functions and joint ventures in the US and Asia. President also oversees five manufacturing facilities based in the US and Canada. Provides senior level customer leadership for customers in the consumer product (General Mills, Sara Lee, ConAgra etc) and foodservice sectors (McDonalds, Dine Equity, etc) in the U.S. and Canada.

Group Vice President

Cargill

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Food Production industry

June 2009August 2011 (2 years 3 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Led a multi-billion global business, supported by 2,100 employees in nine U.S. plants. Led a cross-functional team of direct and matrixed executives with responsibility for driving profitable growth and managing relationships with J.V partners in Belgium, Geneva, Singapore and Mexico. Customer portfolio included PepsiCo, Coca Cola, General Mills, Miller Brewing, JM Smucker, Kraft, Frito Lay, Clorox, Gallo, Rich Foods, ConAgra, Mars, Hershey, Safeway, Sara Lee, Arizona Ice Tea, Malt O Meal, and Private Label Manufacturers.

Vice President, Sweetner Products N.A

Cargill

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Food Production industry

May 2006June 2009 (3 years 2 months) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Led multi-billion global division with 1,800 employees in eight US plants. Directed eight cross-functional / matrixed executives for North America. Customer portfolio included Coke, Pepsi, Mars, Heinz, Kraft and other global CPG companies. Drove strategic business assessment and implemented three year growth strategy which improved net margins. Member of Leadership team awarded Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.

Vice President Retail Marketing

The Coca-Cola Company

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; KO; Food & Beverages industry

May 2004May 2006 (2 years 1 month) Greater Atlanta Area

Led team of 10 to design in-store marketing strategies for top ten accounts (Wal-Mart, Safeway, Publix, Target, Supervalu, and other retailers) by acquiring and implementing shopper insights, in-store marketing solutions and merchandising tools across all key account marketing and sales teams within Coca Cola USA. Created and implemented Coca Cola North America’s first shopper marketing strategy which enabled portfolio volume growth.

Director of Marketing

Frito Lay

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; PEP; Food & Beverages industry

19881999 (11 years) Dallas/Fort Worth Area, Chicago, IL, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA

Served in key sales and marketing roles for a $12B convenient snack food business unit of PepsiCo. Promoted to increasing levels of responsibility in marketing and sales, culminating in selection as Director of Marketing for Doritos Tortilla Chips. Successfully managed multiple brands and geographies to sustained brand equity and earnings growth.

Christopher (Chris) Roberts III's Education

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

MM, Marketing, Finance, Management Strategy

19861988

Activities and Societies: National Black MBA Association

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Arts, Economics

19801984

Christopher (Chris) Roberts III's Organizations

  • Cargill Inc. Foundation

    Board of Directors
    • January 2013 to Present
  • Young Life International

    Board of Trustees
    • April 2013 to Present
  • Minnesota State Chamber of Commerce

    Board of Directors
    • April 2013 to Present
  • Catallia Mexican Foods

    Board of Directors
    • 2010 to Present
  • Urban Ventures

    Board of Directors
    • 2012 to Present
  • Penumbra Theatre

    Board of Directors | Treasurer
    • 2009 to Present
  • Walker Art Center

    Board of Directors | Audit Committee
    • 2010 to Present

Christopher (Chris) Roberts III's Honors and Awards

  • Business Excellence

    Cargill Inc.
    • 2012

    Modeled after the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award, this award is presented to the business unit which best demonstrates business excellence in its processes, strategies, execution and financial results among all Cargill business units worldwide.

  • Role Model Best Plant

    Cargill Inc.
    • 2012

    Operating facility within CKS was recognized as the best plant of 1400 facilities within the Cargill system worldwide.

  • Chairman's Award for Environmental Health and Safety

    Cargill Inc.
    • 2012

    Chosen as the top business unit in environment health and safety management all of of Cargill.

  • Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award

    Malcolm Baldridge Quality Foundation
    • November 2008

Christopher (Chris) Roberts III's Skills & Expertise

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Strategic Partnerships
  3. Enterprise Transformation
  4. Risk & Crisis Management
  5. Product Innovation
  6. Global Stategist
  7. Value Creation
  8. Inspiring Leadership
  9. Business Communications
  10. Financial Management
  11. Government Relations
  12. Brand Development
  13. Food Value Chain Expertise
  14. Managerial Finance
  15. Business Transformation
  16. Food
  17. Marketing
  18. FMCG
  19. Brand Management
  20. Consumer Products
  21. Product Marketing
  22. Business Strategy
  23. Management
  24. Leadership

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Christopher (Chris) Roberts III's Additional Information

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Interests:

President, Leadership, Strategy, Change Management, Business Excellence, Talent Development, P&L Management, M&A, Food Expert, Field to Fork Process, Grow Food, Make Food, Sell Food, Food Marketing, Field Marketing, Brand Building, Customer Management, Consumer Insights, New Product Marketing, Food Innovation, Supply Chain, Food Logistics, Food Procurement, Risk Management, Global Food Operations, Food Ingredients, Food Production, Pricing, Food Manufacturing, Food Cross Border Trade, Foodservice, Sales, Grocery Retail, CPG, Food Joint Ventures, Food & Beverage, Social Media, Keynote Speaker, Board of Directors, Nonprofits Boards, Connected Capitalism, Golf, Reading, Music

Groups and Associations:

Executive Leadership Council, Member 2012-Present Catalilla Mexican Foods, Board of Directors 2011-Present The Walker Art Center, Board Member 2010-Present Penumbra Theatre, Board Member 2009-Present National Black MBA Association, Member 1988-Present Boys & Girls Clubs of Atlanta, Board of Directors / Chair of Marketing Committee 2000-2004 United Way of Metro Atlanta, Member of Community Investment Committee 2000-2004 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dallas, Board of Directors 1997-1999

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