ADM revamps corporate affairs as Peterson retires

by Josh Sosland
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DECATUR, ILL. — With the retirement of Brian Peterson as senior vice-president, corporate affairs, Archer Daniels Midland Co. has reorganized its corporate activities group.

Mr. Peterson has stepped down following a 27 year career at ADM.

"Several months ago, Brian Peterson informed me of his intention to retire, and we began to re-examine the needs of our company as we build our global leadership in bioenergy and the agricultural business value chain," said Patricia Woertz, chairman and chief executive officer of ADM. "We identified an opportunity to realign corporate affairs functions closer to the businesses and initiatives they support."

Effective immediately, Ed Harjehausen, senior vice-president, Corn and Specialty Food and Feed, has been placed in charge of ADM’s marketing efforts. Shannon Herzfeld, vice-president of government relations, will assume expanded responsibilities for relations with trade and producer associations. She will report to Ms. Woertz.

Effective May 1, Victoria Podesta will join ADM as vice-president, corporate communications, responsible for internal and external communications, including media relations and community engagement efforts.

Mr. Harjehausen has been with ADM since 1975. In his senior vice-president position, he is responsible for ethanol, sweeteners and starches corn processing, specialty food and feed ingredients.

"Ed Harjehausen will lead the development of a cross-divisional product marketing center of excellence, which will benefit from his deep understanding of the commercial needs of our business," Ms. Woertz said.

Ms. Herzfeld has been with ADM since 2005, when she joined as vice-president of government relations. Based in Washington, she manages government affairs for ADM. Earlier, she was senior vice-president, international affairs, for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

Since 2006, Ms Podesta has been a corporate communications consultant to ADM, her field of specialization since 1989. Her other recent clients include Chevron, Charles Schwab, AAA, Bank of America and Federated Department Stores/Macy’s.

Mr. Peterson had been with ADM since 1980, when he was named a merchandising manager at the oilseed operation in Red Wing, Minn. Over the course of his career, he had assignments of increasing responsibility in various ADM businesses, including Vitamin E, Specialty Feed Ingredients and Oilseed Processing. He was elected senior-vice-president of corporate affairs in 2003 and was named to the Strategic Planning Committee in 2006.

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