DECATUR, ILLINOIS, U.S. — Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced on July 25 that the board of directors has appointed Marschall I. Smith senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary, effective July 30. He replaces David Smith who previously announced his intention to retire, after 31 years with the company.

Marschall Smith joins ADM from 3M Company, where he was senior vice-president, legal affairs and general counsel. He will report to Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Patricia A. Woertz.

“Marschall is a great addition to our leadership team,” said Woertz. “He’s had an impressive breadth of relevant experience during his 20 years as general counsel for large corporations. He’s a strong strategist and will be an excellent advisor for our organization.”

In 2007, Smith joined 3M Company as senior vice-president, legal affairs, and general counsel, where he led the legal affairs team and was responsible for government affairs, ethics and environmental matters.

Prior joining 3M, Smith served as general counsel at Brunswick Corp.; Digitas, Inc.; and IMC Global, Inc. He served in the law departments of Baxter Healthcare and ICI Americas, and began his career in private practice. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University, a juris doctor from the University of Virginia, and a master’s of business administration from the University of Chicago; and he served in the U.S. Marine Corps.