Cam Findlay: Archer Daniels Midland — Why GCs are the New CEOs of Legal

After reading The Wise Men in the 1980s, Cameron Findlay knew that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of America’s political trailblazers. He achieved his dream, wearing multiple hats in the judicial and executive branches of the U.S. government before pivoting to the private sector.

Today, Cam is serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at his third Fortune 500 company, Archer Daniels Midland.

Cam shares the incredible insight he’s gained during his colorful journey as an in-house GC, including how much the role has changed during his 25-plus years in the legal industry.

Join us as we discuss:


- Pros and cons of pivoting between different industries (5:57)

- The evolution of the general counsel role in the 21st century (13:19)

- Running your in-house legal department like a business (17:14)

- Optimizing spending and building relationships with law firms (24:10)

Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast:


- Cameron Findlay

- Archer Daniels Midland

- The Wise Men

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