Management

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Manager Name: 
Soren Schroder
Manager position: 
Chief Executive Officer
Short bio: 
Soren Schroder has been our CEO since 2013 and also serves on Bunge's board of directors.
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From 2010 to 2013 he was CEO, Bunge North America. Upon joining Bunge in 2000, he held a variety of agribusiness leadership roles in the US and Europe. Previously, he worked for more than 15 years at Continental Grain and Cargill. He is a member of Rabobank International’s North American Agribusiness Advisory Board and has a BA in economics from Connecticut College.

Manager Name: 
Todd Bastean
Manager position: 
President, North America
Short bio: 
Todd Bastean has led our North American region since 2013. He started his career at Bunge in 1994, becoming CFO of Bunge North America in 2010 and CEO of Bunge North America in 2013.
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He previously served as Vice President and General Manager of the operating company’s milling and biofuels business units and as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of its grain and milling business units. He also held positions in strategic planning and auditing. Before joining Bunge he worked for KPMG Peat Marwick. He has a BS in accounting from Western Illinois University.

Manager Name: 
Thomas M. Boehlert
Manager position: 
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Thom Boehlert assumed his current role in January 2017.
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He was Chief Executive Officer, President and a Director of First Nickel Inc. from 2011-2015. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer for Kinross Gold Corporation, a global mining company, and served as Chief Financial Officer for several energy companies including Texas Genco, Direct Energy and Sithe Energies, Inc. Previously, he spent 14 years in 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. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BA in Accounting from Indiana University and an MBA in Finance from New York University.

Manager Name: 
Deborah Borg
Manager position: 
Executive Vice President and Chief HR and Communications Officer
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Deborah Borg assumed her current role in January 2016.
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She joined Bunge from Dow Chemical, where she served as President Dow USA, a role in which she was responsible for regional business strategy and external relationships with customers, government organizations and joint venture partners. She started her career at Dow in 2000 as Human Resources Manager for Australia / New Zealand, and went on to hold regional and business HR roles in Asia, Europe and North America. She also served as Global HR Director, Marketing and Sales, and led the Human Capital Planning and Development function for Dow, focusing on talent acquisition, retention, diversity and development. Previously, she served in HR and talent development roles with General Motors Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Management in Human Resources and a Master in Training and Change Management from Victoria University, Australia.

Manager Name: 
Gordon Hardie
Manager position: 
President, Food & Ingredients
Short bio: 
Gordon Hardie has led our Food & Ingredients segment since 2011, when he joined Bunge.
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Before joining the company, he founded Morningside Partners, a corporate strategy and M&A advisory firm focused on the food and beverage industries. From 2003 to 2009 he led the fresh baking division of Goodman Fielder Ltd, the leading producer of bakery brands in Australia and New Zealand, and held leadership roles at companies in a variety of international markets. These included group general manager, marketing at Southcorp Wines, vice-president, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa at Fosters Group International and regional director, Americas and Asia Pacific at Pernod Ricard. He has a bachelor’s degree in European language and psychology from the National University of Ireland, University College Cork, and an MBA from University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Manager Name: 
David G. Kabbes
Manager position: 
Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs and Chief Legal Officer
Short bio: 
David Kabbes has led our Corporate Affairs and Legal functions since 2015.
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He started his career at Bunge in 2000 as Senior Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs for Bunge North America, overseeing legal, government and industry affairs, communications, foreign trade support and environmental functions. He subsequently served as General Counsel and Managing Director Corporate Affairs for Bunge Limited starting in 2015. Before joining Bunge, he was Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel at Purina Mills, a corporate attorney at Koch Industries Inc., a partner at Schiff Hardin & Waite and an associate at Thompson Coburn. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Quincy University and a law degree from the University of Illinois.

Manager Name: 
Pierre Mauger
Manager position: 
President, Europe and Asia
Short bio: 
Pierre Mauger assumed his current role in January 2018. He started his career at Bunge in 2013 as Chief Development Officer, having previously been a partner at McKinsey & Company, where from 2009 to 2013 he led the firm’s agriculture service line in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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His work included managing client relationships with leading global companies in the commodity processing and trading, agrochemicals and fertilizer sectors, as well as with governments. He previously was a partner in the firm’s consumer goods practice, having joined McKinsey as an associate in 2000. Prior to that, he worked as an auditor at Nestlé and KPMG. He has a BSc in economics and business finance from Brunel University in the UK and an MBA from INSEAD.

Manager Name: 
Raul Padilla
Manager position: 
President, South America and Sugar & Bioenergy
Short bio: 
Raul Padilla assumed his current role in January 2018. Previously, he was CEO of Bunge Brazil starting in 2014, having served as Managing Director, Bunge Global Agribusiness and CEO, Bunge Product Lines since 2010.
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He had been CEO of Bunge Argentina since 1999, having joined the company in 1997 as commercial director. He has over 30 years’ experience in the oilseed processing and grain handling industries in Argentina, having started his career with La Plata Cereal in 1977. He is a council member of the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oils Industries. He has served as president of the Argentine National Oilseed Crushers Association, president of the Centro de Exportadores de Cereales de Argentina, vice president of the International Association of Seed Crushers and director of the Buenos Aires Cereal Exchange and the Rosario Futures Exchange. He is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires.

Manager Name: 
Brian Thomsen
Manager position: 
President, Agribusiness
Short bio: 
Brian Thomsen has led our Agribusiness segment since 2014.
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He joined the company in 2004 as Director, Grains Product Line, and went on to serve as Managing Director, Global Grains and Oilseeds Product Lines. In 2014, he became Managing Director, Bunge Global Agribusiness and CEO, Bunge Product Lines. Before joining Bunge, he was Managing Director, Dry Commodity Trading at Nidera, and held global trading and management roles at Cargill. He started his career in 1988 at Aarhus Oil, a Danish crush and refining company, and is a graduate of the International Academy of Business in Aarhus, Denmark.