CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, U.S. — Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced on Nov. 6 that Juan R. Luciano has been named the company’s next chief executive officer (CEO), effective Jan. 1, 2015. He was also elected to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Luciano currently serves as president and chief operating officer responsible for leading and running the company’s global operations.
Luciano will succeed Patricia Woertz, who will continue in the role of ADM’s chairman of the board and is expected to retire in May 2016.
“When I joined ADM in 2006, one of the areas the board asked me to focus on was leadership development and succession planning, with the goal of ensuring an eventual seamless and successful transition to the next CEO,” Woertz said. “As I look ahead to fulfilling a decade of service to the company, the time feels right to begin that succession. ADM’s future is so bright. We have improved the company’s returns and crafted a strategic plan to achieve further improvements. We have worked hard to build the company’s earnings power and now — with good global demand, large global harvests and the expansion of our higher-margin business with the acquisition of WILD Flavors — we are well positioned for greater success.
“The board and I are confident that Juan — supported by ADM’s experienced and dedicated team — is absolutely the right leader to continue ADM’s success,” Woertz said. “He is exceptionally smart and capable, with global perspective and a proven track record of delivering results. I look forward to supporting him in his new role and working to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.”
Luciano will be the ninth chief executive in ADM’s 112-year history. He joined ADM in 2011 as executive vice-president and chief operating officer, and was named president in February 2014. As president and chief operating officer, Luciano oversees the commercial and production activities of ADM’s Corn, Oilseeds, and Agricultural Services businesses, as well as its research, project management, procurement and risk management functions.
He also oversees the company’s operational excellence initiatives, which seek to improve productivity and efficiency companywide. He has led the company’s efforts to improve its capital, cost and cash positions.
Previously, Luciano was with The Dow Chemical Company, where he last served as executive vice-president and president of the Performance division.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our great company and team into the future,” Luciano said. “Under Pat’s leadership, we have made exceptional progress creating a high-performance, results-focused company. My commitment is to build on that success by accelerating our pace of progress. This is an exciting time, with tremendous opportunities, and all of us at ADM are committed to leveraging our core model to achieve new levels of value-creation. I look forward to working with my colleagues to extend our more than 100-year record of success.”
Don Felsinger, ADM’s lead independent director, commented on Woertz’s tenure as chief executive officer.
“As chairman and CEO for the past eight years, Pat has led the company to become stronger and more disciplined — enhancing its earnings power by leading a focus on returns, optimizing its business portfolio and strengthening its leadership team. With her commitment to excellence and her personal integrity, the company has achieved record financial performance, always with an emphasis on earning the right results, the right way. We congratulate Pat and look forward to her continued advice and perspective as chairman of the board.”