Boise, ID – The J.R. Simplot Company has named Karin Hart Senior Vice President of Global Solutions. Hart will assume responsibilities for the vision, strategy, and functional model for the Company’s global business solutions organizations. This includes leadership of sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion, communications and brand, procurement, and its aviation and facilities services.
“Karin has proven her leadership capabilities in a number of areas over her career at Simplot,” said Garrett Lofto, Simplot President and CEO. “Her vision, strategic mindset and incredible customer experience are all attributes we value as a senior leadership team and each will serve her well.”
Hart joins the senior leadership team after more than 20 years leading numerous sales and marketing efforts for Simplot’s Food Group business, most recently serving as Vice President of International Business. Throughout her career Hart has dedicated time to community and industry impact, participating and leading in a number of non-profit, food industry and women in business organizations. In her new role, Hart will help build the strategic direction for the organization to drive business and customer value.
“I’m honored and excited to continue to grow with the J.R. Simplot Company,” Hart said. “This is a significant time of change in our world and in the business sectors in which we work. I look forward to joining the senior leadership team and working with them on behalf of our customers, employees and the Simplot family in this important work.”
Simplot’s announcement comes with the retirement of Sue Richardson as Senior Vice President of Global Business Transformation for the Company. Richardson joined Simplot in 2008 and held a variety of leadership roles within the organization. Her retirement is effective Dec. 31, 2021.
“Sue has been a tireless and versatile leader for the J.R. Simplot Company,” Simplot President and CEO Garrett Lofto said. “Her ability to take on new challenges and initiatives with poise and vision will be missed and her advocacy for equality was inspiring. We wish her and her family all the best in this exciting new phase of her life.”
Richardson led several important functions and initiatives at Simplot, including her current role overseeing global communications and brand, procurement, and sustainability, as well as overseeing the Company Foundation. She has been a strong advocate in helping to lead philanthropic community outreach efforts, including working with the United Way, the American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and other non-profit organizations.
The J.R. Simplot Company is a family-owned, privately held global food and agriculture company headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Its integrated portfolio includes food processing and food brands, phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, farming, ranching and cattle production, and other enterprises related to agriculture. Simplot has major operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, and China, with products and services available to customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.www.mobilmitsubishipalembang.com.