Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced the following
appointments in the Company’s Cocoa group. “These appointments advance
ADM Cocoa’s strategy to expand geographically and deliver higher value
to our customers,” said Mark Bemis, vice president, ADM Cocoa, Malt and
Milling. “We’re excited about the talent and expertise these individuals
will bring to ADM Cocoa as we grow and strengthen our cocoa business.”
Scott Walker has been named managing director, ADM Cocoa
International. He will oversee ADM’s cocoa business in Europe, Asia
and Africa. He will report to Bemis.
John McGowan has been appointed commercial director, ADM Cocoa
International. He will have oversight for cocoa bean procurement,
logistics and technical services, and coordinate sales and trading for
ADM Cocoa International. He will report to Walker.
Ian Povey has been named managing director, ADM Cocoa United Kingdom.
He will be responsible for ADM’s cocoa and chocolate operations in the
United Kingdom. He will report to Walker.
Matijs Brand has been appointed commercial director, ADM Cocoa United
Kingdom. He will be responsible for commercial and logistics functions
for ADM Cocoa Hull and procurement and logistics functions for ADM
Classic Couverture. He will report to Povey.
Michiel Hendriksz has been named commercial manager, ADM Cocoa West
Africa. He will be responsible for cocoa bean procurement and trading
activities for ADM Cocoa BV, and will report to McGowan.
Marc Degen has been appointed powder sales director, ADM Cocoa Europe.
He will manage ADM’s European cocoa sales team. He will report to
Jeroen van Engen has been named trading director, Cocoa Liquor and
Butter. He will be responsible for managing the cocoa liquor and
butter trading for ADM Cocoa’s European and African processing plants.
He will report to McGowan.
Grant Belden has been named commercial manager for ADM Cocoa’s
facilities in Koog and Wormer, the Netherlands. He will work closely
with logistics, finance, information technology and production
functions at these locations. He will report to McGowan.
In January, ADM announced the appointment of Alain Fredericq to
director, Global Business Development and Sustainability Programs, for
ADM Cocoa. In this newly created position, he will use his extensive
West African and chocolate market experience to align business
development and sustainability efforts with the Cocoa group’s strategic
goals to expand geographically and deliver higher value to customers. He
will report to Bemis.
Scott Walker joined ADM in 1993 and served as a merchandiser
at numerous locations in the Oilseed Processing division before becoming
a commodity trader for ADM Cocoa in 1998. In 2002, he was named
commercial director, ADM Cocoa South America, and in 2004, became
commercial director, ADM Cocoa International. He received a Bachelor of
Science degree in agricultural business economics from Southern Illinois
John McGowan joined ADM in 1997 and has served in various
trading and merchandising positions in the Company’s Cocoa and Oilseeds
groups. Most recently, he served as commercial manager, ADM Cocoa West
Africa. McGowan received a Bachelor of Science degree in business
administration from the University of Nebraska.
Ian Povey joined ADM in 2006 through the Company’s
acquisition of Classic Couverture, where he was managing director. Since
the acquisition, Povey has served as operations director for ADM Cocoa
in the United Kingdom. He received a Higher National Diploma in business
from Polytechnic Institute of Liverpool.
Matijs Brand joined ADM in 1999 and has held various
positions within ADM Cocoa. Most recently, he was a commodity trader for
ADM Cocoa North America in Milwaukee. Matijs received a Master of
Science degree in food technology from Wageningen University.
Michiel Hendriksz joined ADM in 1998 and previously served
as director of sales, ADM Cocoa Europe. He received a Bachelor of
Science degree in tropical agriculture and a Master of Science degree in
Marc Degen joined ADM in 2000 and previously served as sales
director, Specialty Food Ingredients in Koog, the Netherlands. Since
joining the Company, he has held various positions in the Specialty Food
Ingredients group. Degen received a Bachelor of Science degree in food
science from Agrarische Hogeschool Friesland.
Jeroen van Engen joined ADM in 1993 and has held trading and
merchandising positions within various divisions of the Company. Most
recently, he served as commercial director, ADM Cocoa United Kingdom. He
received a degree in business and economics.
Grant Belden joined ADM in 1998. He has held various
merchandising positions in the Company’s Cocoa and Oilseeds groups, and
previously served as a senior trader in Koog, the Netherlands. Belden
received a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business from Iowa
Alain Fredericq joined ADM in 1994 and previously served as
director, European Chocolate. Since joining the Company, he has served
in several cocoa management roles including general manager, Africa in
Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. Alain received a degree in food engineering from
INA-PG and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, both located
in France. He is secretary and treasurer of the World Cocoa Foundation
and serves on the steering committee of the Sustainable Tree Crops
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and has a premier position in the agricultural processing value chain.
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and cocoa. ADM is a leading manufacturer of biodiesel, ethanol, soybean
oil and meal, corn sweeteners, flour and other value-added food and feed
ingredients. Headquartered in Decatur, Illinois, ADM has over 27,000
employees, more than 240 processing plants and net sales for the fiscal
year ended June 30, 2007 of $44 billion. Additional information can be
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