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Warren Staley
EducationKansas State University, BA; Cornell University, MBA
OccupationNon-executive Chairman of O'Brien-Staley Partners
Known forCo-Founder of O'Brien-Staley Partners, Former Chairman and CEO of Cargill

Warren Staley is an American investor and businessman.[1] He is also the former chief executive officer of Cargill, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.[1] Staley is the Non-executive Chairman of O’Brien-Staley Partners, an American investment management firm that he established along with former Cargill executive E. Gerald O’Brien II.[2][3]

Early Life

Warren Staley (5/14/42)[citation needed] grew up in Springfield, Illinois and was the son of a small-town teacher and railroad worker.[4]

In 1961, Staley attended Kansas State University,[5] majoring in electrical engineering. He later earned an MBA from Cornell University in 1967.[6][7]

Investment Career


Staley joined Cargill in 1969 following a summer internship as a data processor in 1966.[1] Staley became President and Chief Operating Officer in 1998, Chief Executive Officer of Cargill in 1999 and Chairman of the Board in 2000.[1][6][8][9] Staley retired from Cargill in 2007 after spending 39 years with the company.[1][7][4][10]. Under Staley’s guidance and vision, Cargill achieved record success and continued growth, marking Staley’s CEO tenure innovative and forward-thinking[1]

O'Brien-Staley Partners

In 2010, Staley, along with one of the founding partners of Cargill’s investment branch (CarVal), E. Gerald O’Brien, founded the investment firm, O’Brien-Staley Partners.[2][3]

Community Work and Philanthropy

Mr. Staley has served as board director for U.S. Bancorp, Target, Excel Trust, and PACCAR, and is a former member of the President’s Export Council.[11] His extensive involvement with nonprofits includes the micro-finance initiative Opportunity International, Habitat for Humanity, Greater Twin Cities United Way,, and Music Academy of the West.[11][12] Benefactor of the Mary Lynn & Warren Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University.[11][7] Staley constructed the Our Lady of Grace Senior High School in Ghana. He was given the Ashanti name Nana Adu Boahen II, and declared Nkosuohene (development chief) of the Mamponteng area in 2019.[13]

Personal Life

He and his wife, Mary Lynn, have three children and seven grandchildren.[11]

Awards and Honors

Opportunity International, Al Whittaker Founder’s Award[11]

2011 NCEA Elizabeth Ann Seton Award[11]

2001 Award for Excellence in Community Service- Points of Light Foundation[1]

2009 Kansas State University Medal of Excellence[5]

2013 Honorary Doctorate from Kansas State University[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Portrait of a Leader: Warren Staley | Cargill". Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  2. ^ a b "O'Brien-Staley Partners buys economic development loan servicer AmeriNational". Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  3. ^ a b "Investment firm founded by former Cargill CEO raises $90M". Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  4. ^ a b St. Anthony, Neal (June 6, 2008), "Cargill's retired CEO, wife now cultivate philanthropy", Star Tribune.
  5. ^ a b Hall, Mike (May 15, 2009), "K-State grads take center stage", Topeka Capital-Journal, retrieved 2019-11-02
  6. ^ a b Cargill chief executive retires amidst company reinvention, Associated Press, April 15, 1999
  7. ^ a b c "Warren and Mary Lynn Staley". Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  8. ^ "Cargill's quiet man", Star Tribune, June 7, 1999
  9. ^ "Staley named chairman of Cargill", St. Paul Pioneer Press, August 10, 2000
  10. ^ St. Anthony, Neal (February 6, 2007), "Staley to step down at Cargill", Star Tribune, archived from the original on 2014-10-14.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Mary Lynn and Warren Staley". Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  12. ^ "National Philanthropy Day Honorees — 2016". Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  13. ^ Aidoo, Theodora (January 23, 2019). "American Philanthropist Installed As Dev't Chief For Mamponteng". Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  14. ^ "Former Cargill Inc. CEO and university alumnus Warren Staley receives honorary doctorate | Kansas State University | News and Communications Services". Retrieved 2019-09-12.

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