“We believe our South American origination, processing and export businesses, which are vital to ADM’s overall growth strategy, will benefit from the expertise and experience of Valmor and John,” said Juan Luciano, ADM chief operating officer. “With their direction and extensive management backgrounds, ADM will continue to demonstrate the kind of outstanding performance we have achieved in this region in recent years.”
As president, ADM South America, Schaffer will coordinate growth activity across all ADM business lines in the region and manage ADM’s oilseed business in Brazil. ADM noted he brings a broad range of agribusiness expertise, a deep knowledge of ADM operations and an outstanding track record to his new role.
He joined ADM’s Brazilian grain origination operations in 1999 and served as president, ADM Paraguay, and, subsequently, as general manager of the ADM-SAO joint venture in Bolivia, which included oversight of operations in Peru and Colombia. Schaffer has studied economics at Brazil’s Faculdades Integradas do Triângulo and earlier studied foreign trade at Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos) in Brazil.
In his new role, Grossmann will lead ADM’s South American oilseeds business, excluding operations in Brazil, and will report to Schaffer. He joined ADM in 1998 and has held various positions in ADM’s North and South American Oilseeds processing operations. He most recently served as president, ADM Paraguay. Grossmann is an agronomist who holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Brazilian university Fundação Getulio Vargas.