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Biography: Patricia A. Woertz

Episode 505
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Patricia A. Woertz
Chairman & CEO, Archer Daniels Midland Co.

Patricia A. Woertz is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President of Archer Daniels Midland Company.

She was named CEO and President on April 27, 2006 and assumed the additional role of Chairman of the Board on February 6, 2007.

Since joining ADM, Pat has focused on accelerating the Company's global leadership in BioEnergy and expanding its premier position in the agricultural processing value chain. She has worked with ADM's Board and senior leadership to strengthen the Company's strategic focus and planning, and has engaged colleagues throughout the company to implement corporate initiatives for improvement in safety, project and capital discipline, cost management, communication, continuous learning and leadership.

Pat's career history has given her a diverse background and breadth of experience. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, she began her career with Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a certified public accountant. Attracted to the complexity and opportunity of a global energy company, she joined Gulf Oil Corporation in 1977 and held positions in refining, marketing, strategic planning and finance. Following the merger of Gulf and Chevron in 1987, Pat gained experience in leading international operations and a global workforce as President of Chevron Canada and later Chevron International Oil Company. With the merger of Chevron and Texaco in 2001, Pat was named Executive Vice President in charge of the company's refining, marketing, lubricant, and supply and trading operations. She retired from Chevron in March 2006.

Pat is an internationally recognized business leader, working frequently with government officials, heads of state, business partners and community stakeholders across the globe. Pat is consistently named by U.S. and international media to their lists of the most powerful business leaders. In 2006, Fortune Magazine identified her as one of the 25 most influential leaders of the year for her position as CEO of the world's largest producer of ethanol.

An advocate of life-long learning, Pat is a graduate of Columbia University's International Executive Development Program. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of San Diego and the Board of Visitors of Pennsylvania State University, which recently awarded her its highest recognition for alumni. Pat is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Business Council and Business Roundtable.

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