May 6, 2015
Greg Page, Executive Chairman of Cargill, shared the story of the development of Cargill: from the company’s first grain storage facility in 1865 to one of the largest, privately-owned businesses providing food, agricultural, risk management, financial and industrial products and services around the globe. Cargill employs 152,000 people in 67 nations.
He also shared seven principles that serve as the strong foundation of Cargill and in his own life:
- we obey the law
- we do business with integrity
- we keep accurate, honest records
- we honour obligations
- we treat people with dignity and respect
- we protect corporate assets and interests
- we act as responsible global citizens
When faced with the challenge of making important decisions that affect so many, he relies on that tools that God has provided: patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control and the guidance from people of faith. He emphasized one overarching instruction, never to interpret ethical principles by himself, supported in Scripture: “do not depend on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
A mentor once wrote him a note saying, “I am where I am by God’s appointment, in His keeping, under His training and in His time.” This continues to be an encouragement to him when difficult decisions need to be made.
Gregory R. Page
Gregory Page is the Executive Chairman of the board of Cargill, Inc. since 2013. Cargill provides food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services to the world, doing business with 140 countries, with presence in 67.
Mr. Page’s career at Cargill spans 41 years, including assignments in Singapore and Thailand. He served as President and COO from 2000-2007, CEO and Chairman of the board from 2007-2013.
Mr. Page serves on the boards of other organizations, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, John Deere Corporation, Eaton Corporation, as well as Chairman and CEO of the Brazil-US Business Council. He is married and is a father and grandfather. He earned a degree in Economics from the University of North Dakota.
He will be speaking on the role of faith in his professional and personal life. read more