“Dr. Mark Whitacre is a seasoned executive with almost two decades of top management experience-including positions as CEO & President”. His career was highlighted in a front cover “Fortune Magazine” article on September 4, 1995. “Much of Mark’s top management experience was obtained at Fortune 500 companies prior to leading entrepreneurial companies-especially in the area of biotechnology and fermentation. He has worked at Fortune 500 companies such as Ralston Purina, Degussa, and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). At ADM, Whitacre was President of the BioProducts Division from its inception and it became one of the largest fermentation complexes in the world in less than six years. Hired by ADM in 1989 at the age of 32, Whitacre was the youngest Divisional President in the history of the company. Shortly thereafter, in 1992 at the age of 35, he also became a Corporate Vice President of ADM and an Officer of the company. Furthermore, he was considered the leading candidate to become the next company President”.
Dr. Whitacre’s business experience is international in scope having lived slightly less than four years in Europe for an international company. He and his family lived in Hanau, West Germany, which is near Frankfurt, and Mark speaks the German language. Mark was also heavily involved with the S.E. Asia market for two large international companies and has traveled to that region dozens of times.