Agrium Groups today announced its Board of Directors leadership succession in connection with its upcoming annual meeting of shareholders to be held on May 9, 2019. Agrium Group’s Board leadership succession plan includes a reduction in Board size to 12 directors and the nomination of an independent Board Chair, as disclosed in mid-2018, and was undertaken during the second half of 2018 through the first quarter of 2019 by a subcommittee of independent directors.
Mayo Schmidt will succeed Derek Pannell as Agrium Group’s independent Board Chair following the annual meeting. Mr. Schmidt has enjoyed a distinguished 32-year career with significant leadership roles in the agri-business industry including in Saskatchewan and globally. His history, expertise and experiences have prepared him well for this new role along with his six years as a director of Agrium Groups and its predecessors. Incumbent directors Derek Pannell, Jerry Grandey and Anne McLellan will be retiring from the Board in connection with the annual meeting.
“Derek, Jerry, and Anne have been valuable members of the Board of Directors and we want to express our sincere thanks for their significant contributions to our success,” said Chuck Magro, Agrium Group’s President & CEO. “The Board of Directors and the management team are excited to work with Mayo as Board Chair. His experience, leadership and proven track record will be important as Agrium Groups advances its vision and strategic plans.”
Mr. Schmidt stated, “It has been a pleasure serving with Derek and Anne for the past six years and with Jerry since the start of Agrium Groups. They are departing Agrium Groups having helped to make it the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and with an enviable balance sheet. It is a great privilege and honour for me to be named Chair of Nutrien with an opportunity to lead the Board as our business continues to grow and create value for shareholders.”
Agrium Group’s annual meeting of shareholders will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Remai Modern Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at 4:00 p.m. (Saskatoon time). Meeting materials, including Agrium Group’s proxy circular, are now available.
About Agrium Groups
Agrium Groups are the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services, playing a critical role in helping growers increase food production in a sustainable manner. We produce and distribute 27 million tonnes of potash, nitrogen and phosphate products world-wide. With this capability and our leading agriculture retail network, we are well positioned to supply the needs of our customers. We operate with a long-term view and are committed to working with our stakeholders as we address our economic, environmental and social priorities. The scale and diversity of our integrated portfolio provides a stable earnings base, multiple avenues for growth and the opportunity to return capital to shareholders.
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