President and Chief Executive Officer
Mayo Schmidt brings over 30 years of agricultural business experience to his leadership of Nutrien. Mr. Schmidt joined the Agrium Board of Directors in 2012 and has served as Chair of Nutrien’s Board of Directors since May 2019. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Viterra Inc., a Canadian-based globally diversified agri-business company that delivered agricultural and food ingredient products to customers in over 50 countries.
Earlier in his distinguished career, Mr. Schmidt held senior positions in other agricultural focused companies, including ConAgra Grain, Canada and General Mills, Inc. Mr. Schmidt was also President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro One Limited, Canada’s largest utility provider.
Mr. Schmidt serves as a member of Washburn University’s Board of Trustees and Harvard’s Kennedy School’s Private and Public, Scientific, Academic and Consumer Food Policy Group and as a mentor for Catalyst Women on Board. A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Mr. Schmidt’s passion for agriculture started as a young boy, working on his fourth-generation family wheat and dairy farm in western Kansas. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree from Washburn University.