Executive Leadership Fellows
The Carlson School’s Executive Leadership Fellows Program invites highly accomplished leaders from the public, private, or nonprofit sectors to enhance the school’s academic environment. They share their expertise with students, Carlson and University of Minnesota faculty, and the business community while also generating ideas to help further the mission of the school. Because of the Carlson School’s close proximity to and relations with the extraordinary local business community, it is privileged to be able to attract proven leaders like the following:
Jeffrey M. Ettinger is chairman of the board at Hormel Foods. He joined Hormel Foods in 1989 and served in a variety of roles, including senior attorney, product manager for Hormel® chili products and treasurer. In 1999, Mr. Ettinger was named president of Jennie-O Turkey Store. He was named the ninth president of Hormel Foods in 2004, and he retired as president and CEO effective October 30, 2016.
Under Mr. Ettinger’s leadership, Hormel Foods grew through strategic acquisitions and a continued focus on new product innovation. In 2016, Mr. Ettinger was named one of the World’s Best CEOs by Barron’s and in 2012 he was named Responsible CEO of the Year by Corporate Responsibility magazine. Mr. Ettinger was the founding chair of the company’s diversity and inclusion council.
A native of Pasadena, Calif., Mr. Ettinger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Today, Mr. Ettinger serves on the boards of The Toro Company, Ecolab, The Hormel Foundation, and The Hormel Institute. He also is collaborating with Carlson School Professor, Mark Bergen, on a course titled "Tackling Contemporary Challenges in Agribusiness: A Minnesota Perspective" for MBA students.
Prior to joining the Carlson School’s Executives in Residence Program, Kevin Kuhn served as Information Technology Executive at Optum where he led the delivery of enterprise-class, high-volume financial and regulatory systems. Mr. Kuhn held the position of corporate segment chief information officer for UnitedHealth Group from 2007 to 2011. He joined UnitedHealth Group in 2003 and had extensive experience in software engineering, business intelligence and regulatory compliance.
Prior to 2003, Mr. Kuhn spent 13 years at Accenture where he was an Associate Partner and a regional practice leader for financial analytics, planning and forecasting solutions.
Today, Mr. Kuhn is serving as an Executive Leadership Fellow at the Carlson School of Management – Information and Decision Science (IDSc) department. He is also on the Executive Board of Directors for the Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Gregory R. Page recently retired as Chairman and CEO of Cargill following a 42-year career with the company.
He joined Cargill in 1974 as a trainee assigned to the Feed Division. Over the years, he held a number of positions in the United States, Singapore and Thailand. He served as the Corporate Vice President and Sector President of Financial Markets and Red Meat Group at Cargill from May 1998 to June 2000, President of the Red Meat Group from August 1995 to May 1998 and Corporate Executive Vice President of Financial Markets and Red Meat Group beginning in 1999. Mr. Page also served as the Global Chief Executive Officer of Cargill Investments (China) Co., Ltd.
Today, Mr. Page serves on a variety of boards including 3M, John Deere, Eaton, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, American Refugee Committee, and Boy Scouts—Northern Star Council. At the Carlson School of Management, he is teaching in the classroom with Professor Myles Shaver on the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility.
James T. Prokopanko is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mosaic Company and served in that capacity from January 2007 to August 2015. He was a director of the company since October 2004.
Mr. Prokopanko began his career at Mosaic in July 2006 as the executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer and continued to serve in those positions until his appointment as president and CEO. Prior to working at Mosaic, he was employed at Cargill as corporate vice president from 2004 to 2006 and leader of Cargill's Ag Producer Services Platform from 1999 to 2006. He held many leadership positions at Cargill, such as the vice president of the North American crop inputs business in 1995. All told, Mr. Prokopanko was engaged in a variety of retail agriculture businesses located Canada, the United States, Brazil, Argentina and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Prokopanko served on the board of directors for Mosaic, Canpotex, The Fertilizer Institute, International Fertilizer Institute and the International Plant Nutrition Institute. He is currently an active as a board member of Vulcan Materials Company, Xcel Energy and Regions Financial - all NYSE publicly traded companies. Mr. Prokopanko also serves as member of the Carlson School of Management Board of Overseers.
As a member of the Carlson School’s Executives in Residence Program and Executive Leadership Fellow, Kevin D. Wilde currently teaches in a number of Carlson programs, including the Applied Leadership course for the Executive MBA program, the Carlson Leadership Practicum for the full-time MBA program and the Leadership Development course for the MS degree in Supply Chain Management.
He also serves as a Strategic Business Advisor to a number of talent and leadership development organizations, including the Institute for Corporate Productivity, Study.com and Pathgather, Inc.. His 34-year corporate career includes senior talent development roles at General Mills and General Electric. Recognition for his work includes 2007 Chief Learning Officer of the Year, Training Magazine Hall of Fame, Fortune & CEO Magazine ranking as a top organization for leadership development.
He is also an active writer in the profession, including serving as a columnist for Talent Management Magazine and contributions to over a dozen books in the leadership and talent management field. In 2011, his writing received a “Regular Column Editorial Excellence” award by the American Society of Business Publication Editors. His first book, “Dancing with the Talent Stars,” was published by Human Capital Media, Inc. in 2011.