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Episode 016 – Juan Luciano, Chairman, President and CEO, ADM

Paul Polman, Chair and Co-founder of IMAGINE, sits down with the 2021 International Executive of the Year 2021, Juan Luciano, Chairman, President & CEO of ADM. Tune in to hear Juan’s path to leading the company consistently ranked one of Forbes’ World’s Most Admired Companies. Juan also shares his vision to feed the world, turn back time on carbon, and bridge the gap between food and pharmaceuticals.

:44 – Paul introduces Juan and discusses how they met.
2:44 – Paul and Juan discuss ADM & the company’s transformation into the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company.
5:40 – Juan provides insight into the company’s values, culture, and innovation
9:20 – Juan’s upbringing in a family of lawyers and farmers and his career path of engineering.
14:11 – Juan discusses the farmers’ concern—sustainability
15:04 – Two actions needed simultaneously—feeding 9 billion people by 2050 & turning the clock back in carbon usage.
17:00 – Insight into the lessons learned that prepared Juan for CEO
22:30 – Challenges of being CEO & embodying the corporation
28:33 – Juan’s first 100 days as CEO—What would you do differently?
32:00 – Paul and Juan discuss the difficulty of ADM’s transformation into the health and wellness sector
34:55 – Bridging the gap between food and pharmaceuticals and the three lenses of ADM
38:20 – Foreseeing the future—Where will ADM be in 10 years?
40:32 – Juan discusses his legacy and the significance of learning
43:30 – Conclusion


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