Ardent Mills has named industry veteran Troy Anderson as vice president of operations. Anderson served as the senior director of operations since 2014. Previously, he was with Cargill in a variety of roles since 1992.
Anderson has taken over for Brad Allen, who retired as vice president of operations in May 2019.
“We are making significant changes to our leadership team in order to position Ardent Mills to deliver on our strategic growth plan,” said Dan Dye, chief executive officer of Ardent Mills. “Brad was instrumental in building a solid operations team. With his retirement, we wanted to bring in a new leader that understood our past, and also understands our long-term vision. Troy is that person. He is a significant driver in aligning our critical operations structure with the rest of the organization.”
Anderson is committed to centering operations on the people-focused pillar of Ardent Mills. He is changing the structure of operations to intentionally align similar mills (in size and configuration) to share best practices and team up for customer success.
“The honor of delivering a nutritious food ingredient that feeds millions of people every day makes for an extremely rewarding career,” said Anderson. “I am filled with excitement about this new chapter at Ardent Mills and look forward to actively leading our Operations Team in living out our vision and mission in serving our customers, communities, supplier partners and Ardent Mills team members.”
Additionally, to align with the people-first vision, Mark Kruger has been promoted to vice president, human resources & employment law, working closely with Anderson in strategic decisions based on the best interests of team members and the business.