Toro elects Mosaic executive to its board

The Toro Co. has elected James “Joc” O’Rourke to its board of firectors, effective immediately. The addition of O’Rourke brings the number of board members to 10.

O’Rourke, 51, currently serves as executive VP operations and chief operating officer at The Mosaic Co., an $11 billion global producer and marketer of phosphate and potash crop nutrient for the agricultural industry based in Plymouth, Minn. O’Rourke joined Mosaic in 2009 as executive VP operations and was promoted to chief operating officer in August of this year. Throughout his career, O’Rourke has held various other senior management positions in the mining industry in Canada, Australia and Papua New Guinea, including with gold producers Barrick Gold Corp. and Placer Dome Inc.

"Joc brings significant international experience in managing operations around the world, including his current role leading all of Mosaic’s global operations," said Michael Hoffman, Toro's chairman and CEO. "As we continue to pursue growth in irrigation and equipment markets worldwide, Joc’s leadership, experience and innovative thinking will be valuable. We are very excited to have him join our board.”

O’Rourke holds a bachelor’s degree in mining and mineral engineering from the University of British Columbia, along with a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.