ST. LOUIS — Having effected major change over the course of 2019 and 2020, Gregory A. Heckman, chief executive officer of Bunge Ltd., said the company’s portfolio-reshaping phase “is really behind us.” Going forward, Bunge is structurally positioned for success and more likely to be a buyer than a seller of businesses.

“We’ve earned the right to grow,” he said. “We’ve put the performance together a number of quarters in a row for the last year and a half, and now we start to look at growth.”

In an interview with Milling & Baking News, Mr. Heckman detailed the rationale behind major changes instituted at the company over the past two years. He said the company’s position as a leading global oilseed processor offers an ideal platform for growth as well as expansion into complementary businesses.

Mr. Heckman was named CEO in January 2019 at a time the company was struggling. Mr. Heckman had joined the board of…

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