Syngenta Group today announced succession plans for its leadership team. Jeff Rowe, currently President of Global Seeds, will take over the leadership of Syngenta Crop Protection, effective July 1, 2022. His former role will be assumed by Justin Wolfe, currently Regional Director North America Seeds. As members of the Group Leadership Team, the two will report to CEO Erik Fyrwald. Jeff will relocate to Basel, Switzerland; Justin will continue to be based in Downers Grove, Illinois, USA.
Jon Parr, President of Global Crop Protection, will retire on September 30, after a 35-year tenure at the company, including the last seven years as head of the global crop protection business.
“I would like to thank Jon for his many achievements, steering the business and the team successfully through the pandemic and unprecedented supply chain challenges. During Jon’s tenure, Syngenta Crop Protection has grown back into the global market leader and has become a leader in biologicals and innovation,” said Syngenta Group CEO Erik Fyrwald. “At the same time, I am excited to have Jeff and Justin taking on their important new roles, building on our momentum to drive further growth of the Crop Protection and Seeds businesses and advancing our commitment to regenerative agriculture.”
Jeff Rowe was instrumental in the successful turnaround of the Seeds business, with outstanding growth and return to profitability. Most recently, he has spearheaded Syngenta Group’s efforts in regenerative agriculture and soil health. Prior to joining Syngenta in 2016, Jeff served in several leadership roles at DuPont Pioneer over a 20-year period. He has nearly 30 years of diverse experience as an agriculture leader.
Justin Wolfe’s leadership and focus on strong commercial execution were key to significant business growth and market share gains in North America. He joined Syngenta in 2018 as Regional Director of EAME Seeds, where he successfully led the creation of the specialized Seeds business. Prior to joining Syngenta, Justin had a strong track record with Monsanto for over 20 years, holding roles in operations, strategy, sales, and marketing, including Vice President, Europe, and Middle East Commercial Operations.
With increasing ambitions for Syngenta Group’s Vegetable Seeds and Flowers business, Matthew Johnston will continue in his current global role as Head of Vegetable Seeds and Flowers, now reporting directly to CEO Erik Fyrwald from July 1, 2022.
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