NORTH AMERICA – Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), a global leader in human and animal nutrition has promoted Dermot O’Grady to senior vice president of global operations, effective immediately.

He succeeds Veronica Braker, who joined global agribusiness in March 2019 but has left the company “to pursue other opportunities.”

Mr. O’Grady’s ADM career spans more than three decades across multiple regions and areas of responsibility.

For the past four years, he has led ADM’s Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA) regional operations, which are based in Rolle, Switzerland.

He also has held operations management positions with EU oilseeds and South America. He began his career at ADM as a soy protein concentrate superintendent.

He has a deep knowledge of ADM’s production efforts and has been an important part of bringing EMEA operations to a best-in-class standard,” ADM said.

Mr. O’Grady will relocate to ADM’s North American headquarters in Decatur, Ill., and join the company’s Executive Council, reporting to Juan Luciano, chairman, president, and chief executive officer.

The promotion comes after the recent appointment of Regina Bynote Jones as ADM’s new senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary to succeed Cam Findlay, effective Sept 5.

Jones was taking over from Cam Findlay who announced his plans to retire this year after serving ADM in the same capacity since 2013.

Jones would be responsible for overseeing ADM’s global legal and regulatory affairs, compliance initiatives, security operations, and government relations efforts.

“Regina’s extensive global experience in navigating the intersection of technology, regulatory compliance, and strategic business risk makes her an invaluable addition to the ADM leadership team,” said Juan Luciano, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of ADM.

Jones brings to ADM vast international legal expertise garnered from her tenure in large, complex organizations with a career spanning more than three decades, Luciano added.

Last week, ADM entered into a groundbreaking agreement with biochemical startup Solugen Inc. to provide dextrose, a key ingredient, for producing plant-based organic acids. 

As per the terms of this strategic collaboration, Solugen will establish a cutting-edge biomanufacturing facility spanning an impressive 500,000 square feet, strategically located adjacent to ADM’s existing corn processing complex in Marshall. 

These organic acids are intended for a wide range of consumer and industrial applications, and they will be manufactured at a state-of-the-art biomanufacturing facility to be constructed in Marshall, Minnesota, USA.