ADM: Cameron Findlay photographed at Andrew Collings Photography studio, Chicago, IL. March 10, 2015. Photo by Andrew Collings.




D. Cameron Findlay is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Archer Daniels Midland Company, the Fortune 50 global agricultural company with approximately $70 billion in annual revenue and 35,000 employees around the world. Findlay leads ADM’s global legal, compliance, government affairs, and insurance functions.

Before joining ADM, Findlay served as general counsel of Medtronic, the world’s largest stand-alone medical device company, and of Aon Corporation, the global insurance and human resources firm.  He has also been a partner at the global law firm now known as Sidley Austin.Findlay has a distinguished career in government service.  He was the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, the number-two official and chief operating officer of the department; Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Chief of Staff at the White House during the administration of President George H.W. Bush; and a law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Findlay has achieved recognition for his work as a leading general counsel.  The National Law Journal has twice named him one of “America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel” and awarded the ADM Legal Department “Chicago Legal Department of the Year.”  Under his leadership, the ADM Legal Department won the 2017 Association of Corporate Counsel “Value Champion” award.  While at Medtronic, the Medtronic Legal Department was named “Best Legal Department” by Corporate Counsel magazine in 2012, and won the Association of Corporate Counsel’s “Value Champion” award the same year.

Findlay is actively involved in civic affairs.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, chairs its Audit Risk & Compliance Committee, and serves on the Executive, Nominations, and Educational Properties Committees.  He also serves on the Board of the Steppenwolf Theatre, the nationally renowned theater company in Chicago.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Findlay received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude and graduated first in his class from Northwestern University, his master’s degree with First Class Honors from Oxford University, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar, and his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.  He has two adult boys and lives in Chicago with his wife Amy, a law school classmate.