Ardent Mills: names chief financial officer

Omaha / Minneapolis / US. (am) ConAgra Foods Inc., Cargill Inc. and CHS Inc. announced the selection of a key executive leadership team member for Ardent Mills, the proposed new flour milling company announced one month ago that will combine the milling operations of industry leaders ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling. Industry veteran Brad Berentson, vice president of finance for ConAgra Mills, will join the newly created organization as its chief financial officer upon close of the transaction. Berentson joins Dan Dye and Bill Stoufer as a member of the executive management team that will lead Ardent Mills at the completion of the transaction. Dye, currently president of Horizon Milling LLC, will be Ardent Mills´ chief executive officer and Stoufer, now president of ConAgra Mills, will be chief operating officer and chief integration officer. The new company will combine the best of ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling, a Cargill-CHS joint venture, to bring the most innovative flour and grain products, services, and solutions to the marketplace.