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Top Minds: Crusader of compliance

Jaclyn Jaeger | April 24, 2018

Adjusting to an unfamiliar culture, building rapport with business colleagues, creating a positive first impression are all things that can make joining a new company and starting a new job nerve-wracking. These are just some of the hurdles Ben Bard faced when he joined food processing company Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) as global chief compliance officer in January 2014.

Following seven years at The Coca-Cola Co., where he was responsible for managing its global ethics and compliance program, Bard came to ADM prepared, bringing with him strong ideas about how a compliance team can work as a partner with other business and corporate functions and help a company deliver on its commitments to customers, shareholders, and regulators.

“Compliance and legal personnel can sometimes tend to think of themselves as different from other corporate functions or business colleagues,” Bard says. “I believe strongly that compliance strategy should be mapped to the company’s...

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