Heinz Hutter, former president and chief operating officer of Cargill, has died at age 85.

Hutter was born in Munich, Germany, and graduated in 1954 from the University of Erlangen in West Germany with a degree in economics. He later studied business administration and international law at Cornell University as a Fulbright scholar.

Hutter was hired at Cargill in 1955 as a grain trader in the Hamburg office. He later moved to the United States, where he worked in a variety of positions at Cargill, until he took a position in Argentina in 1960. Based in Buenos Aires, he became president of the company’s Argentine operations, and worked in South America for more than a decade.

In 1973, Hutter became head of Cargill’s food and farm products group in Minneapolis, Minnesota. By 1975, he was named a director at Cargill, and in 1981 became and executive vice president.

In 1991, Hutter was named president and COO. He left Cargill when he hit the mandatory retirement age of 65.

Hutter is survived by his daughter, Christl Hutter Larson; his son, Robert P. Hutter; his fiancée, Dr. Bianca M. Fine; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sisi. They were married in Uruguay in 1960.