Cargill International Chairman Dead at 62
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ N. Leonard Alderson, chairman of Cargill International S.A., died after a heart attack at his home in Geneva, Switzerland, the company said. He was 62.
Cargill International is a subsidiary of Minnesota-based Cargill Inc., one of the world’s biggest grain purveyors. The subsidiary oversees commodity trading outside North America.
Alderson, who died Sunday, headed the subsidiary since Sept. 1, 1985, and also supervised Cargill business in the former Soviet Union, eastern Europe, the Middle East and parts of Africa.
″Len was instrumental in building Cargill International’s presence and its reputation as one of the world’s leading commodity trading entities,″ said Whitney MacMillan, chairman of Cargill Inc.
MacMillan said announcements regarding changes in managerial responsibilities at Cargill International would be made later.
Alderson was born in Reading, England, and graduated from Cambridge University in 1953. He joined Cargill later that year as a trainee in the grain division of Cargill Inc. in the Twin Cities.
Alderson also was a director of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and the International Enterprise Council of Geneva.
Survivors include his wife, Sally, and two children.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.