Kris Knudson has been named vice president-Global Liquid Products segment leader at Crown Iron Works, Roseville, MN, a global supplier of oilseed processing technology, engineering, equipment and plants for preparation, extraction, refining, biodiesel, oleochemical, and specialty processing.
Knudson comes to the company from Cargill Inc. with 19 years of extensive experience in their Oils & Shortenings segment, including management roles in engineering, plant operations and food ingredient sales.
Prior to Cargill, he received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering
from Montana State University.
“We are excited to announce the hiring of a strong leader with a proven
track record in the vegetable oils industry,” said Bill Antilla, Crown Companies
Business Unit Leader.
“Kris’ background is an excellent fit into our newly formed role. Furthermore, I have witnessed his leadership approach, focus on being a customer solutions provider, commitment to developing his team; coupled with a tireless drive for success, that fits perfectly with our strategic direction.”
Knudson will focus on growing Crown’s global liquid products business, which
includes refining, biodiesel, glycerin refining and fatty acid processing with key
responsibilities that encompass all aspects of sales, marketing, engineering,
technology, strategy, and business development.
The position serves on the Crown Global Leadership Team that sets the company’s strategic direction and is a newly formed role focusing on global growth and expansion for their liquids