As Chief Financial Officer, Pat Ford oversees all of Borden’s financial operations and leads the Company’s financial strategies that support the profitable growth of the business.
Pat spent most of his career in the dairy industry. In the late ’90s, he was CFO of Southern Foods Group. He led the effort to finance the $400 million acquisition of Borden/Meadow Gold Holdings in 1997, which doubled the size of Southern Foods to approximately $1 billion in annual net sales. Southern Foods’ net sales grew to $1.3 billion in 2000, at which time it was acquired by Suiza Foods. In December 2001, Suiza bought and became branded as Dean Foods Company.
At Suiza and Dean Foods, Pat served as CFO of the Dairy Group, overseeing the financial reporting and accounting of over 100 dairy operations representing nearly $9 billion in annual net sales. During his tenure with Dean Foods, Pat played a key role with all Dairy Group acquisitions, including their integration into the Dairy Group operations. From 2005 until 2007, Pat served as Senior Vice President of Planning and Integration for Dean Dairy Group, where he was involved in several productivity and procurement strategic initiatives.
Pat left the dairy industry in 2007 and became a Managing Partner in a custom crush winery in Napa Valley. He and his partners sold that business in late 2015, and he joined Borden in July 2020 after serving as Owner and President of Flexcel Company, Inc., an east Texas manufacturer of oil- and gas-related tools.
Throughout his career, Pat has demonstrated the ability to build and develop a talented finance organization, capable of partnering with the business to drive improved performance and results.
Pat earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University.