Joc O’Rourke to succeed Prokopanko as Mosaic CEO – by Dee DePass (Minneapolis Star Tribune – May 14, 2015)

Current CEO James Prokopanko is retiring this summer.

The Mosaic Co. has tapped James “Joc” O’Rourke to become the fertilizer giant’s new president and chief executive.

O’Rourke, 54, joined Mosaic in 2009 and since 2012 has served as executive vice president of operations and chief operating officer. He will succeed the retiring James Prokopanko as president and CEO on Aug. 5, the company announced late Wednesday.

“The board has full confidence in Joc and the rest of Mosaic’s talented management team,” said Robert Lumpkins, chairman of the company’s board. “Together, they will help Mosaic build on Jim’s legacy of success for our employees, customers, investors, communities and other stakeholders.”

Before joining Mosaic, O’Rourke was president of the Australia-Pacific region for Barrick Gold Corp. and responsible for Barrick’s 10 gold and copper mines in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

“Jim [Prokopanko’s] leadership took Mosaic from its early days to a company that boasts the best combination of people, assets, innovation and global reach in the crop nutrition industry,” O’Rourke said in a statement. “We will maintain our steadfast focus on our customers and other stakeholders, and we will use today’s solid foundation as a platform for further growth.”

Prokopanko said he is confident of O’Rourke’s leadership and of the company.

“It has been a great privilege to serve as CEO and help build the world’s leading crop nutrition company alongside some of the most talented people I have ever known,” he said. “I deeply appreciate the outpouring of support I received during my illness last year, and I am happy to be healthy today. I plan to enjoy my good health with my family.”

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