Ford assumes leadership of the company August 1 following the retirement of Chris Policinski.
Ford comes to the CEO role after a series of executive postings within the company. In December 2017, Ford was named chief operating officer of Land O'Lakes Businesses, where she oversaw the Land O'Lakes' WinField United, Purina Animal Nutrition and Dairy Foods business units.
Prior to that, Ford was head of Land O'Lakes' Dairy Foods and Purina Animal Nutrition businesses. The company said she also was instrumental in the acquisition of Vermont Creamery in early 2017.
Before joining Land O'Lakes in 2011, Ford worked in executive operations management and supply chain roles at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Company and Scholastic.
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Beth earned an MBA at Columbia University Business School and a BBA at Iowa State University.
Ford also sits on the board of directors for the National Milk Producers Federation and non-profit boards, including Greater Twin Cities United Way in Minneapolis. She sits on the boards of directors of two publicly traded companies, including PACCAR, Inc.
Ford becomes the ninth CEO of Land O'Lakes, one of the nation's largest agricultural cooperatives, which was founded in 1921.