DECATUR, ILLINOIS, U.S. — Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced on June 25 that the board of directors has appointed D. Cameron Findlay senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary, effective July 15. 

He will be responsible for the law, compliance and government relations functions, will be a member of the company’s Executive Committee, and will report to ADM Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Patricia A. Woertz. He replaces Marschall Smith, who is leaving ADM to enter private practice.

“Cam is a proven leader with exceptional experience managing global legal, regulatory, compliance, and public policy issues,” said Woertz. “He brings to ADM an impressive range of experience in business, government and the law, and I am pleased that he is joining our leadership team.”

Findlay joins ADM from Medtronic, Inc., the world’s largest medical device manufacturer, where he has served as senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary since 2009. Prior to joining Medtronic, he was executive vice-president and general counsel at Aon Corporation, a global insurance, risk management and human resources firm, from 2003-09. In addition to his time as a general counsel, Findlay has also had a distinguished career in government service, including at the White House as deputy assistant to President George H. W. Bush, at the U.S. Department of Labor as deputy secretary, and at the U.S. Supreme Court as a law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia. Findlay has also been a partner in the global law firm now known as Sidley Austin LLP.

Findlay earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from Northwestern University, a master’s of arts degree from Oxford University, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar, and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.