Fri Nov 28, 2014 12:12 PM CST

LONDON (Dow Jones) -- Louis Dreyfus Commodities on Friday said it has appointed Mayo Schmidt as chief executive, ending a transition process that began nearly 18 months ago.

Mr. Schmidt, who will start work on Jan. 5, is taking over from interim CEO Claude Ehlinger, said the company in a statement. A former president and CEO of Viterra Inc., a Canadian-based global food ingredients company, Mr. Schmidt has also worked for major U.S. food company ConAgra Foods Inc (CAG).

Mr. Ehlinger will remain as chief financial officer, the company said.

Rotterdam-based Louis Dreyfus Commodities is a global ...

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