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  • Title
    President and CEO
  • Affiliation
    Land O'Lakes
  • Age
    57
  • 2020 Rank
    28

Ford led the century-old farmer-owned cooperative to a record year in 2020, with profits up 29% as consumers stocked up for home cooking. The Iowa native has led the push for high-speed Internet access in rural communities and is making strides on the sustainability front: In February, Microsoft committed to pay $20 per ton of carbon that Land O’Lakes farmers sequester in the soil.

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