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Anna Richo
Anna Richo

In-House Counsel 2021: Anna Richo

Now in her third year with Cargill, Anna Richo has fully gotten her sea legs with the Minnetonka-based global food giant.

“I feel like I’m in a rhythm where I can express my ideas to a team,” Richo said. “The people here are looking for change, and I have embraced that challenge.”

Plus, she said, “Minnesota had Prince and Mary Tyler Moore. I couldn’t go wrong.”

As general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary, Richo oversees the company’s legal, ethics and compliance, global government relations, global security, corporate governance and shareholder relations functions. She’s also a member of Cargill’s executive team and the board of the Cargill Foundation.

A 30-year career in law has complemented Richo’s talent with an abundance of versatility. She has experience in areas including compliance and business ethics, intellectual property and corporate litigation.

Before joining Cargill, Richo was executive vice president and general counsel at UCB, a Belgium-based biopharmaceutical company. Professional and family considerations brought her back to the United States.

“My husband and I lived in Belgium for almost six years, and it really opened our minds about the differences in the European Union,” she said. “Europe is not just one monolith.”

Richo also served as senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Amgen, a global biotechnology firm, and as chief litigation counsel, associate general counsel and vice president of law at Baxter Healthcare.

As she becomes more established, Richo foresees her role at Cargill evolving on a number of fronts.

“I am here to break down barriers and foster a diverse and inclusive environment so all my colleagues can flourish,” she said. “As general counsel, you can’t be a potted plant. You have to have a point of view.”

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