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Corporate whistleblower to address men's group

Published 4:55 pm, Tuesday, August 26, 2014
  • Mark Whitacre, who was responsible for uncovering the price-fixing scandal at Archer Daniels Midland in the early 1990s, will be the guest speaker of the New Canaan Society when it meets Friday, Sept. 5. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    Mark Whitacre, who was responsible for uncovering the price-fixing scandal at Archer Daniels Midland in the early 1990s, will be the guest speaker of the New Canaan Society when it meets Friday, Sept. 5. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Mark Whitacre, who was responsible for uncovering the price-fixing scandal at Archer Daniels Midland in the early 1990s, will be the guest speaker of the New Canaan Society when it meets Friday, Sept. 5.

The chapter meets at Ten Twenty Post Oyster Bar and Grill, 1020 Post Road, Darien. Doors open at 6 a.m., with breakfast served at 6:30. The meeting concludes by 8:15. Cost is $20.

Whitacre and his undercover work with the FBI was the inspiration for the 2009 movie "The Informant," starring Matt Damon as Whitacre.

Whitacre worked undercover with the FBI for three years, wearing a wire every day. After his undercover effort was completed, he went to federal prison for eight-and-a-half years for a white-collar crime.

Whitacre's work during the ADM scandal was also the subject of the 2010 Discovery Channel documentary "Undercover." The recent book, "Mark Whitacre Against all Odds," describes how faith has molded his life since the ADM scandal.

Whitacre was hired at ADM, the 56th largest company on the Fortune 500 at the time, when he was 32. As the president of the bioproducts division from its launch, he was the youngest divisional president in the company's history. At age 35, he became a corporate vice president of ADM and was the leading candidate to become the next company president. Since 2006, Whitacre has been a top executive with Cypress Systems Inc, a California biotech company involved with human clinical trials; he was promoted in 2009 to the position of chief operating officer and chief science officer.

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