Justin Kershaw became Cargill’s CIO in June 2015. As Cargill’s CIO, he is responsible for all aspects of information technology across one of the world’s largest privately-held and family-owned companies with operations in 67 countries and revenues in excess of $120 billion a year.
Prior to being elevated to CIO for the entire company, Kershaw joined Cargill in 2012 to serve as CIO for Cargill’s Food Ingredients Systems platform serving some 27 business units with combined annual revenues in excess of $35 billion.
Before joining Cargill, Kershaw worked at Eaton Corporation, a multinational power management company, where at first he served as VP and CIO for its Fluid Power Group and then as SVP and CIO of Eaton’s Industrial Sector. In these roles he was responsible for all aspects of information technology global strategy, organizational capability, talent and modernization of operations via improved information systems.
Prior to joining Eaton, Kershaw was CIO for W. L. Gore and Associates, Inc. (the makers of Gore-Tex), where he led the transformation and optimization of operations through a global modernization of information technology, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and operational systems. He was also a successful business development leader for Gore’s high-speed inner connect business commercializing product for the super computer and high performance computing markets.
Prior to W.L. Gore, he worked for F. Schumacher as director of Information Technology, and he for nine years as a system engineer, software system engineering manager and associate chief engineer at General Electric’s Military and Data Systems Division.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, it helps people thrive by applying its innovations, its insights, and 150 years of experience. Cargill has 153,000 employees in 67 countries that are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing its environmental impact and improving the communities where it operates.
This year marks Cargill’s 150th year of helping the world thrive. At Cargill we are committed to helping and inspiring the next generation of young scientists and engineers and then identifying a select, highly talented few to help us serve the company’s noble purpose to be the world leader in nourishing people.
As we see it, it is not just about us. It is about our collective future as a people.
That is why we have developed a number of dynamic relationships and support programs that help students build skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and partner with higher education to support programs focused on food safety, food security, agriculture and the environment.
Over the last five years we have contributed over $50 million globally to schools and educational programs to benefit the next generation of talent. Here are a just a few
European Federation of Food Science and Technology – Since 2010, we have supported the European Federation of Food Science and Technology student of the year project. Each year six finalists receive recognition and their own research projects and get an opportunity to interact with our top food scientists at our R&D center in Vilvoorde, Belgium. The visit allows young scientists to test their theories using our state of the art equipment, as well as to engage in debate and discussions with their more experienced colleagues.
Future Farmers of America (FFA) – For 50 years Cargill has supported youth leadership development through FFA. Cargill employees and locations support local chapter efforts, state programming and offer expertise and mentoring to students interested in food science, agricultural science and STEM disciplines.
Gender Equality in STEM – to address the need for more women in STEM roles several of Cargill’s European businesses have developed efforts. Cargill’s Starches and Sweeteners business in Manchester, England have had teenagers from British secondary schools work with plant engineering teams to develop problem-solving skills. And female students from three secondary schools near Cargill’s Bergen Op Zoom operations have studied with Cargill employees to learn how flour milling has been revolutionized over the last two centuries.
Higher Education Partnerships – In order to build access to some of the best minds in agriculture and food science and develop talent for the future, Cargill has long established efforts at a number of leading universities. Current efforts include support of special programs in agriculture, science, technology and economics at Stanford University, JeJu University (China), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Para Federal University (Brazil), Iowa State University, Kansas State University and the University of Minnesota. The company recently partnered with Kansas State to build the Cargill Center for Feed Safety Research.
Science Without Border – developed a program with Brazil to educate and train Brazilian STEM college students going to school in the US. Students studying food science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering from a dozen universities were given summer jobs in R&D and plant operations at various Cargill sites.
Engineering Is Elementary (EIE) – Created by the Museum of Science in Boston to introduce engineering and technological concepts and career paths to children in grades 1 through 5. The story book based curriculum covers all facets of engineering – environmental, mechanical, civil, industrial, acoustical, agricultural bioengineering, electrical, chemical, geotechnical aerospace and oceanic – and the stories begin with a child faced with an engineering dilemma. This curriculum is now used in all 50 states and nearly 3,000 schools. A study of the program shows that EIE students were significantly more likely to want to be engineers and more likely to say science and engineering make “people’s lives better”.
Project Lead The Way – Cargill partners with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), which is focuses on bringing STEM education to middle and high school students. Specifically Cargill supports PLTW’s Gateway to Technology© program, which provides an engineering-focused curriculum to middle school students, and the Pathway to Engineering© program, a four-year high school program taught in conjunction with college preparatory mathematics and science courses that gives students hands-on knowledge of engineering concepts, design and problem-solving. A study of the program shows that PLTW alumni are five times more likely to graduate from college with a STEM degree than students who are not in the program, have higher GPAs than peers in their freshman year of college, and have higher college retention rates.
4-H – Cargill and the National 4-H Council have co-created 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Clubs, a comprehensive science program engaging more than 600 local youth and Cargill employees in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. From summer food science camps in Kansas to robotics clubs in Missouri and Iowa, these initiatives are reaching thousands of young people.
Alliance for YOUth – an extension of the “Nestle’s Needs Youth Initiative,” this effort is focused on offering internships, apprenticeships and skills training to respond to high unemployment among European youth. Cargill’s participation centers on internships in STEM-related areas.
Bright Crop – An effort in the United Kingdom, this program promotes careers in agriculture and food science through visits with employee ambassadors serving as STEM ambassadors in schools.