Joe Taets is senior vice president; president, Global Business Readiness; and vice president, Global Procurement, for ADM. As such, he oversees the company’s global initiatives to reduce costs, improve efficiency and standardize business practices, and leads ADM’s global procurement organization. He is a member of the company’s Executive Council, and also serves as ADM’s executive champion for quality and food safety.
Previously Taets served as president of what was then ADM’s Agricultural Services business unit, responsible for the commercial activities and operations of the company’s agricultural origination, wheat milling, and global trading businesses, as well as its global transportation network. He has also served as president, ADM Europe, Middle East and Africa; and president, Grain. Taets joined ADM in 1988.
Taets serves on the boards of ADM International; American River Transportation Company; ADM Australia Holdings; and ADM Grain River System Inc. He also represents ADM on international boards in Canada, Germany, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Holland, Mexico, Panama and Switzerland.
Taets is a member of the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Urban Initiatives, acts as a trustee for the Boys & Girls Club of America Midwest Region, and serves on the Culver Military Academy Parent Association Board. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and an MBA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.