Mark Whitacre
“When Good Leaders
Lose Their Way”


The 19th Annual
Friday, November 8, 2013
at the
Crowne Plaza Valley Forge
6:45 A.M.



Mark came to public attention in 1995 when, as president of the Bio Products
Division of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), he was the highest-level corporate
executive in U.S. history to become a FBI whistleblower.

His undercover work for the FBI became the inspiration for the major motion picture, “The Informant” starring Matt Damon, as Mark Whitacre.

For three years, beginning in 1992, Whitacre acted as an informant for the FBI, which was investigating ADM for price fixing. During those three years he recorded conversations with ADM executives and their competitors.
As a result ADM eventually paid over $500 million in fines and settlements. Eventually, after discovering suspicious activity, ADM requested that the FBI investigate Mark’s actions. This investigation led to him pleading guilty to tax evasion and fraud in 1998. As a result he lost his whistleblower’s immunity and consequently spent eight and a half years in federal prison.
He was released from prison in 2006. Mark continues to be used by the FBI in the training of their agents on white collar crime.
Mark has a PhD in Biochemistry from Cornell and additional advanced degrees in law, psychology and economics. He has been married for 34 years to Ginger. They have three children.

“When Good Leaders
Lose Their Way”

- Ultimate real-life lesson in
personal and business ethics
- Value of accountability
- ALWAYS doing the right thing
- Think long-term in all of your
personal and business decisions


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Download the MP3 voice recording of Marks speech here or visit the Downloads page to download not only Mark’s but the past three years as well.