Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited announced a leadership change for its Canadian operations. Richard "Rick" A. Watson, who has served as country manager since 2008, will retire effective March 31, 2013. With this change, Karl Gerrand will join Bunge from Viterra, as managing director, Canada.
Gerrand joins Bunge from Viterra, Inc., where he worked for eight years, most recently as chief operating officer of global processing operations. He was responsible for 34 manufacturing facilities with 1200 employees around the world that crushed oilseeds and produced feed ingredients, milled wheat, durum and oats, and manufactured malt and pasta. Prior to joining Viterra, Gerrand also served as co-founder and president of Can-Oat Milling, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.
Gerrand is active in industry associations, having served on the board of directors and on the executive committee of the North American Millers Association. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Manitoba.