Mark Matlock joined Archer Daniels Midland Company in 1980. Matlock was appointed senior vice president of the research division, where he directs food ingredient research. Matlock holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Millikin University and a master's of science degree in polymer chemistry from the University of Akron. Matlock is author or co-author of seven U.S. patents, and has managed research efforts that led to the introduction of trans free fats for margarines and shortenings via a novel enzymatic rearrangement technology. In addition, Matlock was elected president of the American Oil Chemists' Society for 2003-2004 and in 2007 was honored as an AOCS Fellow.