DECATUR, ILLILNOIS, U.S. — Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced on Nov. 4 that Steven Mills, senior executive vice-president, Performance and Growth, has elected to retire as of Feb. 7, 2012.

“For more than 30 years, Steve’s financial expertise and strong leadership have contributed to ADM’s growth and success,” ADM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Patricia Woertz said. “He has been a highly valued advisor and member of our team, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Mills joined ADM in 1979, and has served in various senior treasury and accounting roles. He was named Controller in 1994, and elected a vice-president in 2000. He was appointed group vice-pesident in 2002.

Mills was named senior vice-president of Strategic Planning for ADM in 2006. In this newly created role, he was responsible for the company’s long- and short-term strategy-setting process as well as information technology, business development, and merger and acquisition coordination. In March of 2008, Mills was named executive vice-president and chief financial officer, adding Finance, Accounting, Treasury and Tax to his other responsibilities. He was named senior executive vice-president, Performance and Growth, in October, 2010.