President and Chief Executive Officer
Mayo Schmidt brings over 30 years of agricultural business experience to his leadership of Nutrien. Mr. Schmidt joined the Agrium Board of Directors in 2012 and has served as Chair of Nutrien’s Board of Directors since May 2019. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Viterra Inc., a Canadian-based globally diversified agri-business company that delivered agricultural and food ingredient products to customers in over 50 countries.
Earlier in his distinguished career, Mr. Schmidt held senior positions in other agricultural focused companies, including ConAgra Grain, Canada and General Mills, Inc. Mr. Schmidt was also President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro One Limited, Canada’s largest utility provider.
Mr. Schmidt serves as a member of Washburn University’s Board of Trustees and Harvard’s Kennedy School’s Private and Public, Scientific, Academic and Consumer Food Policy Group and as a mentor for Catalyst Women on Board. A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Mr. Schmidt’s passion for agriculture started as a young boy, working on his fourth-generation family wheat and dairy farm in western Kansas. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree from Washburn 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 Potash
Ken Seitz is Executive Vice President and CEO of Potash at Nutrien.
Ken has almost 25 years of commercial experience, primarily in the natural resource industry, including oil and gas, mining and power generation, and has conducted business in over 60 countries around the world. Before joining Nutrien in October 2019, he was the President and CEO of Canpotex where he was appointed to the role in 2015. 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 Power Generation; and Senior VP and Chief Commercial Officer.
Ken is 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 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 Corporate Development and Strategy Officer
Mark Thompson is the Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer at Nutrien. In this role, he has executive leadership over Nutrien’s global corporate development & strategy, mergers & acquisitions, economics, sustainability/ESG and stakeholder relations 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 held the role of Vice President of Business Development, leading strategy and mergers & acquisitions for Nutrien’s global Retail business. He has also held key senior leadership positions including Special Assistant to the CEO and Vice President of Strategy. 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.
Mark attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce (Finance) and Arts (Sociology). He also 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 was a recipient of Canada's Top 40 Under 40® award and serves as an external advisor at The Decision Lab, a socially conscious behavioural science think tank and applied research firm. He is also a North American Ambassador for the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) and has served as a board director and volunteer with Special Olympics Alberta.
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer
Mike Webb is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer for Nutrien, responsible for Human Resources, Global Facilities, Community Relations and Investment, as well as Issues Management and Government Relations. He was previously the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Nutrien. When Mike joined Agrium in January 2014, he was Senior Vice President, Human Resources.
Mike moved to Canada in 2010 following a 20-year career in the Asia Pacific region. He started in Hong Kong in financial services having worked for Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. While at Morgan Stanley, he served in senior HR roles in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and India. Later, he joined HSBC as Head of HR for their institutional businesses in the Asia Pacific region, which was comprised of 20 countries. Mike eventually became Global Head of HR for HSBC Amanah and worked throughout the Middle East.
In 2010, he became an International Executive for HSBC and moved to Vancouver to assume responsibility as Senior Vice President, HR for Canada before moving to Agrium in 2014.
Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from William Jewell College in Missouri in 1990. He has also served on a number of non-profit Boards the most recent being the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Society.