Guillaume Bastiaens retiring at Cargill
September 09, 2008
by Josh Sosland
MINNEAPOLIS — F. Guillaume Bastiaens, vice-chairman of Cargill and a member of the company’s board of directors has retired, effective Sept. 1.
Mr. Bastiaens, who is 65, has been with Cargill since 1967 when he joined the company as a refinery supervisor in Amsterdam. He held various supervisory positions at Cargill facilities in Europe until transferring to Minneapolis as vice-president of the company’s processing group. In the latter role he was responsible for the operation and engineering of processing facilities in the United States and internationally.
In 1986, Mr. Bastiaens was promoted to corporate vice-president, responsible for overall plant operations and technical development. Later, he was named chief technology officer, president of the company’s industrial sector and president of Cargill’s food sector.
In 1995, Mr. Bastiaens was elected an executive vice-president and a member of the board. In 1998 he was named vice-chairman.
"Guillaume Bastiaens was a powerful voice for innovation and a driving force behind Cargill’s global expansion in oilseed processing, food ingredients and fertilizer," said Greg Page, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer. "Moreover, he championed a culture of work safety and operational excellence at Cargill locations across all our businesses around the world."
Born in Belgium, Mr. Bastiaens holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He is a board member of the Donaldson Co. and The Mosaic Co. He also is on the executive board of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), a nonprofit group.