The board of directors of Canpotex Ltd. has announced the appointment of J. Gordon (Gord) McKenzie as president and chief executive officer of Canpotex, a Canadian potash exporter.
“Gord is an outstanding leader with a proven ability to deliver strong operating and financial performance in an internationally-focused organization,” said Joc O’Rourke, president and CEO of The Mosaic Company and chair of Canpotex’s board of directors. “The Board believes that Gord is the right choice to lead Canpotex.”
Over the past 25 years, McKenzie has achieved success in a variety of senior global sales and marketing positions in the fertilizer sector. Most recently, he served as VP, Global Sales with Tampa, FL-based The Mosaic Company, which included responsibility for the company’s global phosphate and North American potash sales and marketing.
McKenzie will work closely with Canpotex’s leadership team to continue the company’s focus on serving its customers in overseas potash markets with its world class marketing and logistics expertise.
“Canpotex is a great Canadian company with an outstanding team that has served overseas potash customers with excellence for almost 50 years. With Gord’s appointment, Canpotex is well-positioned to continue to compete, and to succeed, in highly competitive overseas potash markets,” said Ken Seitz, EVP and CEO of Saskatoon-based potash, nitrogen and phosphate products producer Nutrien and member of Canpotex’s board of directors.
Acting president and CEO Derek Gross will resume his role as senior VP, Finance and Strategy and will assist McKenzie during the transition.
Headquartered in Saskatoon, Canpotex is said to be the world’s largest supplier of potash overseas.