Mark A. Bemis is ADM’s senior vice president and president, North America, and a member of the company’s Executive Council. He also serves as the company’s chief risk officer, managing ADM’s aggregate commodity risk and overseeing the company’s risk management strategy.
In addition, Bemis serves as ADM’s safety champion; as such, he helps to lead the company’s efforts to build and maintain a strong safety culture. He also oversees the company’s procurement group, and he has oversight of community engagement efforts, including ADM Cares, the company’s social investment program.
Previously, Bemis was president of ADM’s Corn Processing business unit. Before that, Bemis served as president of ADM’s Cocoa, Milling, and Financial Services businesses; earlier, he was vice president and general manager for ADM Cocoa North America. In addition, he has held various merchandising and management positions in the company’s Agricultural Services, Malt, Corn Processing, and Oilseeds Processing businesses since joining ADM in 1983. He became a vice president of the company in 2005, and a senior vice president in 2010. Bemis was chairman of ADM’s Sustainability Steering Committee from 2007 to 2010, a period in which the company made significant progress in its three principal sustainability focus areas: supply chain integrity, water-resource management, and energy and climate change.
Bemis serves on the boards of the Red Star Yeast Company LLC; Eaststarch C.V.; and Almidones Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois.