Leticia Gonçalves is ADM’s president, Global Specialty Ingredients, and a member of the company’s Executive Council. In that position, she has oversight of ADM’s ancient grains and seeds, edible beans, specialty proteins, emulsifiers, hydrocolloids and polyols businesses.
Prior to joining ADM in 2020, Gonçalves served more than 20 years at Monsanto, now part of Bayer. In her most recent role as senior vice president and U.S. division head, she oversaw business management responsibilities for seeds, crop protection and digital solutions. Before that, she was president of Monsanto Europe and the Middle East, where she oversaw the row crops and crop protection businesses across 29 countries. Other leadership roles at Monsanto/Bayer included U.S. commercial operations; U.S. technology development and agronomy; regional business director for U.S. national brands; and many other commercial roles in her almost 10 years at Monsanto in Brazil.
Gonçalves is an advocate and driver of diversity and inclusion in business. She participated in the Signature Program in the U.S. and was a member of the Conference Board’s Global Business Women’s Leaders Council in Europe. She has also been active in many industry associations to drive broad sustainable agriculture efforts.
Gonçalves holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil and an executive MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.