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Leadership Legacy Award

The Center for Executive Succession is proud to sponsor the fifth annual Leadership Legacy Award. This distinguished award recognizes a CEO who has personally invested their time and effort in building a legacy of leadership talent in their organization while simultaneously delivering strong financial, reputational and social performance. It is the only award of its kind that celebrates a CEO's profound commitment to developing future C-suite leaders.

Congratulations to the 2021 Winner

Juan R. Luciano, board chair, president and CEO of ADM, a leading global nutrition business, has been named the recipient of the 2021 Leadership Legacy Award. Luciano was honored at the annual ceremony this fall when he presented a keynote entitled, "Leading through Learning" to UofSC students, faculty and staff.

Since Luciano joined the company, ADM has experienced remarkable growth with industry-leading ingredients and solutions that are opening the company to growth opportunities in key global macro trend areas. Luciano spearheaded the increased use of innovative technologies and led a strategic growth campaign that expanded ADM’s global footprint and transformed ADM into a world leader in human and animal nutrition. At the same time, he led efforts to continue building the organization’s internal leadership capacity.

Before joining ADM, Luciano spent 25 years at The Dow Chemical Company where he was executive vice president and president of the performance division. 

His selection was primarily based on his ongoing commitment to help future leaders with their personal development.

“While Juan has been a huge champion of all talent, he has also effectively invested his time in reaching out to develop leaders from diverse backgrounds,” said Patrick Wright, Center for Executive Succession director, the Thomas C. Vandiver Bicentennial Chair and management and Master of Human Resources professor.

As part of his award, the Center for Executive Succession presented a $10,000 contribution to the Boys & Girls Club of Decatur in Luciano’s name to further leadership development of young people in a community close to ADM's headquarters.

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