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Land O'Lakes fills vacant CIO spot

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — Land O'Lakes has promoted Mike Macrie to the position of VP and chief information officer. Macrie replaced Barry Libenson, who after running IT for three years, left the company to be CIO at Safeway. 

Macrie joined Land O'Lakes in 2010 as VP and senior director of Ag Services IT.

"Mike has shown tremendous leadership through the successful transformation of Ag Services technology, including our proprietary R7 satellite imaging platform and rebranding of Winfield and Purina across intranet and customer sites," said CFO Dan Knutson. "It's a testament to the internal bench of talent built at Land O'Lakes that gives us the opportunity to promote an internal candidate to CIO."

Macrie previously held a number of roles at Ingersoll Rand, AlliedSigna, G5 Technologies and Multi-Media Solutions. He has an MBA from Duke University and a bachelor's of science from Cornell University in applied and engineering physics.

"As Land O'Lakes focuses on accelerating growth, Mike and the IT leadership team will help drive our business transformation through technology, achieve returns from our IT investments and support our co-op's IT growth needs," Knutson said.

Land O'Lakes is a national, farmer-owned food and agricultural cooperative with annual sales of more than $14 billion. The nation's second-largest cooperative,, Land O'Lakes does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. It is a leading marketer of a full line of dairy-based consumer, foodservice and food ingredient products across the United States; serves its international customers with a variety of food and animal feed ingredients; and provides farmers and ranchers with an extensive line of agricultural supplies, such as feed, seed and crop protection products and services, under the operations of WinField and Purina Animal Nutrition. Land O'Lakes also provides agricultural assistance and technical training in more than 25 developing nations.

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