The Evolving Role of the Finance Executive in Shaping an Organization’s Future

  • Discussing my experiences at GM and ADM as an active participant in the evolution of Finance executives within Corporate America
  • Exploring how ADM built up its Finance organization with a three-legged stool model of Corporate Finance, BU Finance, and GBS Finance
  • Demonstrating the importance of agility and flexibility, and how finance roles change depending on circumstances
  • Focusing on talent development, team motivation, and retention. What is our approach towards “MBWA”?

Ray Young
Vice Chairman, Former Chief Financial Officer
Archer Daniels Midland

Ray G. Young is Vice Chairman and the former Chief Financial Officer of ADM.

Young joined ADM in 2010 following a 24-year tenure with General Motors Co., during which he held executive leadership positions in finance, general management, planning and operations on four continents, with the last role being Vice President, International Operations, based out of Shanghai.

Young graduated in 1984 from The Ivey School of Business, Western University, in London, Canada, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Young is a member of the board of International Paper Company, and serves as the chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of Wilmar International, the leading Asian agribusiness and food company, as well as the University of Chicago Booth School CFO Advisory Board. He also serves on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society Illinois Division, and was recognized as one of the most significant volunteers to the American Cancer Society with the St. George National Award.