PRNewswire/ -- Accelegrow Technologies, Inc., ( www.accelegrow.com ), announced today that William H. (Bill) Camp, former Executive Vice President of Archer Daniels Midland Company (
He succeeds Gerald B. Andrews Sr., Accelegrow Chairman and CEO since the company's operations began in 2006. Mr. Andrews, who made the announcement, will remain on Accelegrow's Board.
Mr. Camp retired at the end of 2007 as Executive Vice President -- Asian Strategy from Archer Daniels Midland, with 30 years experience in the agricultural industry. Archer Daniels Midland is a world leader in the manufacture of food, feed and biofuels. Headquartered in Decatur, Ill., ADM has over 27,000 employees in more than 240 processing plants with sales of $69.8 billion for fiscal year 2008.
"Bill Camp's reputation in the agriculture processing industry is outstanding -- including his vast experience in world agricultural markets and his leadership and integrity," said Mr. Andrews. "We have worked diligently to spread the Accelegrow story of our unique patent-pending products across the U.S., South America and Africa. Now, Bill's extensive market knowledge and distribution experience will lift Accelegrow Technologies to a new level.
"Our research and field tests show that Accelegrow products consistently provide special attributes to the farmer, including increased crop yields, improved quality, stress and drought resistance, consistent performance and sustainability producing healthier plants and accelerated growth cycles," Mr. Andrews explained.
Before his assignment as Executive Vice President - Asian Strategy, Mr. Camp served as Executive Vice President - Global Processing from 2005, responsible for global manufacturing, grain handling and transportation operations. He was previously Senior Vice President from 2001, responsible for ADM's global oil seeds, cocoa and wheat milling operations. He was elected an ADM corporate vice president in 1993 and was named President - ADM Transportation, overseeing ADM barge operations, the American River Transportation Company (ARTCO) and ADM trucking and railroad operations. He also served as President - ADM South American Division and President - ADM North American Oilseed Processing division. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois.
Prior to becoming Accelegrow Chairman and CEO, Mr. Andrews was Executive Vice President of WestPoint Stevens, Inc., based in New York City, where he retired after 38 years in a range of management positions. He was next CEO and President of Johnston Industries, Inc., before retiring again in five years. He then served as Executive-in-Residence at Auburn (Ala.) University. He attended Auburn University and Harvard Business School and is a Senior Fellow of The Textile Institute, Manchester, England.
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