Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
Ken Seitz is Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.
Ken Seitz brings over 25 years of global management experience working across more than 60 countries, with a deep background in the agriculture and mining sectors. Ken joined Nutrien in October 2019, as Executive Vice President and CEO Potash, leading the world’s largest potash producer with over 20 million tonnes of potash capacity at our six lower-cost potash mines in Saskatchewan.
Before joining Nutrien, he was the President and CEO of Canpotex, one of the world’s largest suppliers of Potash, where he was appointed to the role in 2015. Mr. Seitz has extensive experience in global fertilizer marketing and logistics and strong connections within the industry.
Ken previously worked with Cameco Corporation for 18 years, holding a variety of senior management roles, including Senior Design Engineer; VP, Marketing and Administration; VP, Corporate Development; and Senior VP and Chief Commercial Officer.
Ken is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Canpotex and is also a member of the Board of Directors for Source Energy Services. He has previously served on the Board of the Canada–United Arab Emirates Business Council and the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority Board.
Ken has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. He is a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan and is a Professional Agrologist with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. He also holds a Certificate in Management from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Noralee Bradley is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Nutrien.
Noralee has 30 years of corporate law experience with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, financings and governance, and cross-border transactions. Before joining Nutrien in March 2020, she was a Partner at Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP; Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt; and Bennett Jones LLP. She has also held several leadership roles including board director or corporate secretary at several public companies and community organizations such as the Institute of Corporate Directors, Calgary Petroleum Club and United Way.
Noralee holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Juris Doctor, Law (with Great Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan. She was admitted to the Alberta bar in 1991 and completed the Executive Leadership Program at Western University's Ivey Business School in 2016 and received an Alberta Queen's Counsel Appointment in 2020.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Pedro Farah is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Nutrien. In a distinguished career in finance that has spanned over 30 years, Pedro has held a number of senior executive positions. Before joining Nutrien in February 2019 as Chief Financial Officer, he spent the previous seven years with Walmart where most recently, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, he was Executive Vice President & Treasurer, responsible for overseeing the company’s Global Treasury, Tax, Finance Technology, and Global Risk Management.
Other previous career stops include Walgreens Boots Alliance, Dell and General Motors. Pedro is well-traveled and has experience across Latin America, North America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia.
Born, raised and educated in Brazil, Pedro worked in several Brazilian financial institutions before moving to Switzerland to do his MBA.
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Brent Poohkay is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Nutrien. He was formerly Senior Vice President, Information Technology (IT) with PotashCorp, responsible for IT services, including development and execution of IT strategy supporting operational excellence across the organization.
Prior to joining PotashCorp, Brent held a range of senior management and executive roles in academia and the private sector. Most recently, he was with Enbridge Inc. for more than 10 years as Vice President and Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, overseeing transformation of the company’s IT services to an integrated one-team model.
Brent holds a Master’s Degree in Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Alberta. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors for TELUS Spark, the new science centre in Calgary, Canada.
Executive Vice President and CEO of Nitrogen and Phosphate
Raef Sully is Executive Vice President and CEO of Nitrogen and Phosphate at Nutrien. He was previously president of Nutrien’s Potash business unit. Prior to that, he was President, PCS Nitrogen and Phosphate, a position he assumed in 2016 after serving as president of PCS Nitrogen.
Raef originally joined PotashCorp in 2012 to oversee the company’s potash expansion program, eventually becoming Vice President, Project Management and Capital, with responsibility for managing the company’s capital program and large projects.
Raef began his career at Hyder Consulting PLC (formerly Acer Wargon Chapman) in Sydney, Australia. As an Associate Director, he was involved for almost five years in engineering design and construction management of tall buildings and large infrastructure projects. From 2001 to 2012, he worked at Bain & Company and was a Principal in their mining and resources practice.
Raef has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) in civil engineering and a PhD in structural engineering from the University of Sydney.
Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer
Mark Thompson is Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer at Nutrien. In this role, he has executive leadership over Nutrien’s global sustainability/ESG & stakeholder relations, corporate development & strategy, mergers & acquisitions and economics functions.
Mark joined Nutrien in 2011 and has worked across the company’s Retail, NPK and Corporate business units. Prior to his current role, Mark was EVP, Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer, and has also held key senior leadership positions including Vice President of Business Development for Nutrien Retail, Vice President of Strategy and Special Assistant to the CEO. Across these roles, he has successfully led the evaluation and execution of strategic initiatives, partnerships, acquisitions and investments that have been central to the continued growth and development of the company, and has played a leading role in developing and stewarding Nutrien’s global sustainability and climate strategies.
Mark attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce (Finance) and Arts (Sociology). He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations, as well as the SASB Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential. Mark has been recognized as a recipient of Canada’s Clean16 and Clean50 sustainability awards and Canada's Top 40 Under 40® award, and serves as an external advisor at The Decision Lab, a socially conscious behavioral science think tank and applied research firm. He is also a North American Ambassador for the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) and a member of the Strategic Advisory Team for IFA’s Sustainability Committee.