Devry Boughner Vorwerk | Influence 100

Devry Boughner Vorwerk

Corporate VP, Global Corporate Affairs


Following the departure of veteran CCO Mike Fernandez in 2016, Cargill turned to its former star lobbyist and vice president of corporate affairs Devry Boughner Vorwerk to lead the company’s global corporate affairs function.

As a privately-held company, Cargill had not always been subject to the same level of scrutiny as its publicly-traded peers. But with 150,000 employees in 67 countries, and a major role in the world’s food supply, it was clear that the company needed to embrace increased transparency rather than resisting it. Vorwerk has built on the good work that began under Fernandez and she is “passionate about advancing the company’s vision and purpose to be the leader in nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way,” according to chairman and CEO David MacLennan.

Vorwerk had previously been with Cargill for 12 years, managing Asia Pacific trade and investment policy, international government relations, and corporate affairs for Latin America. She left in early 2016 to join Akin Gump, a Washington DC-based law firm, where she was a senior policy advisor in the firm’s public law and policy practice. Prior to her original stint at Cargill, Vorwerk worked at the US International Trade Commission.