Syngenta Group Announces Leadership Transition
Jon Parr, President, Global Crop Protection, will retire in September 2022 after 35 years of service
Jeff Rowe, currently president of Global Seeds, will become president of Global Crop Protection
Justin Wolfe, Regional Director of North America Seeds, Becomes President of Global Seeds
Matthew Johnston, head of vegetable seeds and flowers, will report directly to CEO Erik Fyrwald to strengthen strategic direction on the business segment
BASEL, Switzerland, June 17, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Syngenta Group today announced the succession plans for its management 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 of North America Seeds. As members of the group’s management team, the two will report to CEO Erik Fyrwald. Jeff will be moving to Basel, Switzerland; Justin will continue to be based in Downers Grove, Illinois, USA.
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Jon Parr, president of Global Crop Protection, will retire on September 30, after 35 years with the company, including the last seven years leading the global crop protection business.
“I would like to thank Jon for his many accomplishments, successfully leading the company and the team through the pandemic and unprecedented supply chain challenges. During Jon’s tenure, Syngenta Crop Protection once again became the global market leader and has become a leader in biologics and innovation,” said Syngenta Group CEO Erik Fyrwald. “At the same time, I am delighted that Jeff and Justin are taking on their important new roles, building on our momentum to drive growth in the crop protection and seed business and advance our commitment to regenerative agriculture.
Jeff Rowe has been instrumental in the successful turnaround of the Seeds business, with exceptional growth and return to profitability. More recently, he spearheaded the Syngenta Group’s efforts in regenerative agriculture and soil health. Prior to joining Syngenta in 2016, Jeff held several leadership positions at DuPont Pioneer over a 20 year period. He has nearly 30 years of diverse experience as an agricultural leader.
Justin Wolfe’s leadership and focus on strong business execution has been key to significant business growth and market share gains in North America. He joined Syngenta in 2018 as Regional Director EAME Seeds, where he successfully led the creation of the specialist Seeds business. Prior to joining Syngenta, Justin had a strong track record at Monsanto for over 20 years, holding positions in operations, strategy, sales and marketing, including Vice President of Business Operations for Europe and Middle East. -East.
With growing ambitions for Syngenta Group’s Vegetable and Flower Seeds business, Matthew Johnston will continue in his current global role as Head of Vegetable and Flower Seeds, now reporting directly to CEO Erik Fyrwald effective July 1, 2022.
Under Jon Parr’s leadership over the past seven years, Syngenta Crop Protection’s business has grown by 50%. He joined the Syngenta Group and its predecessor companies in January 1987. Prior to his current role, Jon Parr was Chief Operating Officer EAME and Latin America from 2015 to 2016. Prior to that, he was Head of Cultures and Global Asset Manager for Syngenta from 2014, Regional Director for EAME from 2009 to 2013 and Head of Syngenta Flowers from 2007 to 2008. During his long career with the Syngenta Group, Jon has also held other roles in the marketing, strategy and manufacturing.
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