Dr. Todd Werpy is senior vice president and chief technology officer for Archer Daniels Midland Company, and a member of the company’s Executive Council. In that role, he is responsible for ensuring that technology delivers cost improvements and competitive advantage, and that ADM delivers on its strong pipeline of improvement projects. Werpy will also ensure ADM has the right focus and resources to support the rejuvenation of its product mix through product innovations across the value chain.
Previously, Werpy served as ADM’s senior vice president, Research & Development. In that role, he had responsibility for all corporate research and development functions, including overseeing ADM’s efforts to expand its product portfolio and strengthening research partnerships with government agencies, academic institutions and corporations.
Before joining ADM in 2007, Werpy spent 15 years at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he was responsible for research and business development for new chemicals and chemical intermediates from renewable feedstocks.
Werpy developed the catalytic technology being commercialized by ADM for the conversion of glycerin and sorbitol to propylene glycol. He holds 30 US patents in the area of catalysis and chemical conversion of biomass to chemicals. In addition, Werpy was selected as the recipient of the 2015 American Chemical Society Award for Affordable Green Chemistry.
Werpy holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Southwest Minnesota State University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University.