He will succeed Todd Hall, who is to retire after 36 years with the company.
Sikes began his career at Cargill in 1991 and most recently led the transformation of the North American protein business, which has delivered strong financial results and expanded offerings in line with shifting consumer demand for value-added protein, sustainable supply chains and alternative proteins.
He also led the development of Cargill’s new North American protein headquarters, which is set to open in Wichita, Kansas from next month (December).
Under Sikes’ direction, the headquarters is designed to attract new and diverse talent to the company and strengthen collaboration between customers and Cargill’s Food Innovation Center and culinary chefs, also based in the state.
Sikes will officially join the 11-person executive team in early 2019. Cargill’s protein and salt businesses have more than 60,000 employees in 16 countries, with operations in North America, Latin America, China and south-east Asia.
“Cargill Protein and Salt has experienced strong growth for many years, and Todd has led some of Cargill’s largest and most successful acquisitions,” said David MacLennan, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer.
“We are confident Brian is the right leader to build on that success, and he has demonstrated an authentic leadership style, customer-first focus and an ability to drive change in his role as president of North American protein. Brian has also created inclusive and diverse teams, which is a top priority for Cargill.”
Earlier this year, GlobalMeatNews spoke to Cargill about its priorities for the future.