Patricia A. Woertz is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, she will be chairman of the board.
Woertz joined ADM as CEO and president in April 2006. She was named chairman of the board in February 2007. Since joining ADM, Woertz has driven efforts to improve shareholder returns while growing the business through acquisitions, capital investments and partnerships. Under her leadership, ADM has strengthened its global network and grown its portfolio of higher-margin products.
Woertz began her career as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Ernst — later Ernst & Young — in Pittsburgh. Attracted to the complexity and opportunity of a global company, she joined Gulf Oil Corporation (later Chevron) in 1977, where she held various positions in finance, strategic planning, refining and marketing. In 2001, she was named executive vice president in charge of Chevron’s global refining, marketing, lubricant, and supply and trading operations.
She serves on the boards of directors of The Procter & Gamble Company, Royal Dutch Shell plc and UI LABS. She also chairs the U.S. section of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum and is a member of The Business Council. In 2010, she was appointed to the President’s Export Council by President Obama. Woertz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University, which has awarded her its highest recognition for alumni.