May 4, 2016
Syngenta names new CEO

Syngenta has appointed J. Erik Fyrwald as chief executive officer effective June 1. He succeeds John Ramsay who has been ad interim CEO since November 2015.

Fyrwald is currently president and CEO of the U.S. chemistry distribution company Univar Inc.

“After a rigorous search, the board concluded that Fyrwald’s leadership and considerable experience in both agriculture and chemicals, along with his strong track record of success as a CEO made him the outstanding candidate for the role,” said Michel Demaré, Syngenta chairman. “Fyrwald has demonstrated throughout his career the ability to work successfully in different environments, designing and leading strategies which resulted in impressive value creation.”

Fyrwald spent 27 years at DuPont where he held positions in technology, manufacturing, sales and marketing, strategic planning and regional and global business unit leadership, including four years in Asia. In 2003, Fyrwald was named group vice president of DuPont Agriculture and Nutrition, which included the Pioneer Seed, DuPont Crop Protection Products and Solae Food Ingredients businesses. He also served as chairman of Crop Life International for two years during this period.

In 2008, Fyrwald was named chairman, president and CEO of Nalco. In December 2011, Nalco was acquired by EcoLab. Fyrwald was president of EcoLab until May 2012, when he was appointed CEO of Univar.

Fyrwald serves on the boards of Eli Lilly and Company (including their Science and Technology Committee) and the Society of Chemical Industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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