DECATUR, IL—Brian Peterson, senior vice president of corporate affairs at Archer Daniels Midland Company, has announced plans to retire, prompting a reorganization of the agricultural and bio-energy company’s corporate affairs activities.
Ed Harjehausen, senior vice president of corn and specialty food and feed will assume additional responsibility for ADM’s marketing efforts; Shannon Herzfeld, vice president of government relations will report to ADM chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz and assume expanded responsibilities for relations with trade and producer associations; and Victoria Podesta will join ADM as vice president of corporate communications, reporting to Woertz.
Podesta will be responsible for internal and external communications including media relations and community engagement efforts. Since 1989, she has been a corporate communications consultant, specializing in communication strategy, corporate reputation, media relations and employee communications for global companies seeking exceptional growth and cultural change to lead in changing markets. She has served as a consultant to ADM since May 2006. Other recent clients have included Chevron, Charles Schwab, AAA, Bank of America, Federated Department Stores/Macy’s and Visa International.
Peterson joined ADM in 1980 as a merchandising manager at the oilseed operations and had several international assignments, including group vice president and managing director of ADM International, before he was elected to his current role in 2003. Harjehausen joined ADM in 1975 and was appointed to his current role in 2005. Herzfeld joined ADM as VP, government relations in 2005 and manages ADM international, federal and state governmental affairs. Previously, she was senior vice president, international affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.