WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Thomas Boehlert has been named executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Bunge Ltd., effective Jan. 1, 2017. He will succeed Drew Burke, who is retiring, and will report directly to Soren Schroder, the company’s chief executive officer.
“We are delighted to have Thom join Bunge,” Mr. Schroder said. “He is a seasoned c.f.o. with deep knowledge of global commodity markets and a proven track record of driving effective portfolio management and cost initiatives. The combination of his skills, pragmatic approach and public company experience will be a tremendous asset to Bunge.”
Mr. Boehlert said he is “eager to join the Bunge team and help build on its successes.”
“I look forward to supporting the company’s growth plans and efficiency efforts,” he said.
Mr. Boehlert was c.e.o., president and a director of First Nickel Inc. from 2011-15. Prior to that, he was c.f.o. for Kinross Gold Corp., a global mining company, and was c.f.o. for several energy companies, including Texas Genco, Direct Energy and Sithe Energies, Inc.
Previously, Mr. Boehlert spent 14 years in investment banking with Credit Suisse, where his focus was on the electric power, natural resources and infrastructure sectors and where he built and headed the firm’s London-based project finance business covering Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He started his career as an auditor at a KPMG predecessor firm in 1983.
Mr. Boehlert is a certified public accountant and has a bachelor’s of art degree in accounting from Indiana University and a master’s of business administration degree in finance from New York University.Mr. Burke was named c.f.o. in February 2011, having served as interim c.f.o. since September 2010. He joined Bunge in 2002 as managing director, soy ingredients and new business development. Earlier, he was chief executive officer of the U.S. subsidiary of Degussa AG and worked for Beecham Pharmaceuticals and Price Waterhouse & Company.