Dr. Jill Zullo is the Vice President of Bioindustrials, North America for Cargill. Her responsibilities include: leading the development and execution of the technology strategy across Corn Milling product lines, managing and coordinating the technology enabled project portfolio including both high performance and customer focused innovation projects, and providing functional leadership for Corn Milling technical talent to build a high performing technical organization.
Zullo began her career at Cargill in 1996 in the Corn Milling research group in Eddyville, Iowa working on itaconic acid and citric acid fermentation development. In 1998, Jill transferred to NatureWorks in Minnetonka, Minnesota to develop the fermentation strategy for low cost lactic acid for the commercialization of polylactic acid. In 2001, Zullo became the Director of Biotechnology Development Center where she led the development of new food and industrial products for Cargill.
Zullo graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received her PhD in Food Technology from Iowa State University. Jill grew up in Milwaukee, WI and now lives in Excelsior, MN with her husband, Luca and two active sons, Giovanni and Antonio. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, snorkeling, boating, reading and cooking with her family and friends.