Cargill has announced that Rishi Varma is the new Corporate Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary. It will be effective January 29, 2024. In this role, he will also serve as General Counsel.
According to the company, Varma succeeds Anna Richo, who will transition to Corporate Senior Vice President, Strategic Advisor to the General Counsel and CEO until her retirement in September 2024.
Varma joins Cargill from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Cargill informed that while at HPE, he oversaw corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracting, supply chain matters, litigation, intellectual property, and corporate securities. Also, he participated in the legal separation of Hewlett Packard Company into Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.
Regarding this announcement, Brian Sikes, Cargill Board Chair, President and CEO, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Rishi, a highly respected attorney and business leader, to Cargill. His commitment to operational excellence and ensuring this is achieved in compliance with the highest legal and ethical standards builds on our strong culture of integrity."
Finally, he added: "We will miss Anna's contributions and leadership. She led with purpose and passion to transform and integrate our legal, compliance, government relations, corporate governance, security, and shareholder relations functions to operate with a strong focus on the customer. Her contributions strengthened our diverse and inclusive culture and will leave a lasting mark on the company."