Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Syngenta is led by a strong and experienced Board. It currently includes representatives with five nationalities, drawn from broad international business and scientific backgrounds. Its members bring diversity in expertise and perspective to the leadership of a complex, highly regulated, global business.

Name Year of birth Nationality Function Initial appointment
Jianxin Ren 1958 Chinese Chairman
Non-executive Director
2017
Michel Demaré 1956 Belgian/Swiss Vice Chairman,
Non-executive Director
2012
Gunnar Brock 1950 Swedish Non-executive Director 2012
Hongbo Chen 1973 Chinese Non-executive Director 2017
Olivier T. de Clermont-Tonnerre 1951 French Non-executive Director 2017
Dieter Gericke 1965 Swiss Non-executive Director 2017
Eveline Saupper 1958 Swiss Non-executive Director 2013
Jürg Witmer 1948 SwissNon-executive Director 2006

Jianxin Ren

Functions in Syngenta
Chairman of the Board, non-executive Director

Professional background
Jianxin Ren is Chairman of China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) since 2014. Previously, he served as President of ChemChina (2004–2014). Prior to joining ChemChina, he was President of China Bluestar Group (1989–2004). During this time, he assumed other parallel positions such as Vice President of China Haohua Group (1995–1998) and Vice President of China Chemical Equipment Company (1993–1995). From 1982 to 1989 he worked as Youth League President in the Chemical Machinery Institute affiliated to the Chinese Ministry of Chemical Industries and also as President of the Chemical Cleaning Company. Apart from his functions in Syngenta, Jianxin Ren is currently holding the following Board memberships:
Non-listed companies: Chairman of Pirelli.

He holds a Master Degree in Economics for Business and Management from Lanzhou University in China.

 

 

Michel Demaré

Functions in Syngenta
Vice Chairman of the Board, non-executive Director

Professional background
Michel Demaré was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of ABB from 2005 to February 2013, serving in addition, between late 2008 and March 2011, as the company’s President of Global Markets. Between February and September 2008, he was ABB’s acting Chief Executive Officer. Previously he had been Chief Financial Officer Europe for Baxter International Inc. He joined Baxter in 2002 after 18 years at the Dow Chemical Company, where he held various treasury and division CFO positions in Europe (including Switzerland) and the USA. Apart from his functions in Syngenta, Michel Demaré is currently holding the following Board memberships:
– Listed companies: Vice Chairman of UBS Group AG
– Non-listed companies: Member of the Supervisory Board of Louis Dreyfus Company Holdings B.V.

In addition, he is Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of IMD Business School in Lausanne and a member of the Advisory Board at the Institute of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich.

Michel Demaré holds a License in Applied Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and an MBA from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) in Belgium.

michel demare

Gunnar Brock

Function in Syngenta
Non-executive Director

Professional background

Gunnar Brock worked for the Tetra Pak Group for many years, with spells in Asia, Australia and Europe, returning – after a period as President and Chief Executive Officer of Alfa Laval – to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tetra Pak Group, headquartered in Switzerland. From 2002 to 2009 he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlas Copco Group. Apart from his function in Syngenta, Gunnar Brock is currently holding the following Board memberships:
Listed companies: Chairman of Stora Enso and non-executive Director of Investor AB
Non-listed companies: Chairman of Mölnlycke Health Care and non-executive Director of Patricia Industries (both 100 percent affiliates of Investor AB), and non-executive Director of Stena AB.

Gunnar Brock holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.

gunnar brock

Hongbo Chen

Function in Syngenta
Non-executive Director

Professional background
Hongbo Chen is Chief Strategy Officer of China National Agrochemical Corporation (CNAC) since 2014. 

After joining CNAC in 2005, he held various senior positions, including Assistant President and Chief Strategy Officer (2008–2014) and Director of the Planning Department (2005–2008). From 2000 to 2005 he was Senior Engineer and Project Manager at the China National Petroleum and Chemical Planning Institute. From 1998 to 2000 he worked at the Planning Department of China National Petroleum Administration Authority. From 1994 to 1998 he worked at the Chinese Ministry of Chemical Industries, holding positions in the Planning Department and the Planning Institute. Apart from his function in Syngenta, Hongbo Chen is currently holding the following Board memberships:

Non-listed companies: Secretary of the Board of ADAMA.

He holds a Bachelor Degree in Fine Chemicals and Engineering Management from Tianjin University and an MBA from Tsinghua University in China.

 

Olivier T. de Clermont-Tonnerre

Function in Syngenta
Non-executive Director

Professional background

Olivier T. de Clermont-Tonnerre is Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer at China National Bluestar (Bluestar), a subsidiary of China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina). Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Bluestar Silicones from 2007 to 2011. Before joining Bluestar, he was (2001–2007) a member of the Rhodia Executive Committee and CEO of Rhodia Silcea grouping three Rhodia Enterprises (Silicones, Silica and Rare-Earth). Most of his early professional experience has been in the Rhône-Poulenc Group, based in France or in the USA, among others as CEO Surfactant and Specialties, CEO Food Additives and member of the Rhône-Poulenc Inc. Operational and M&A Committees. Apart from his function in Syngenta, Olivier T. de Clermont-Tonnerre is currently holding the following Board memberships:

Non-listed companies: Member of the Board of Directors of Bluestar and its two subsidiaries Elkem and REC Solar (ChemChina Group). 

Besides, he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Nouvel Institut Franco-Chinois de Lyon.

He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Toulouse University, a License in Economics from Paris-Nanterre University and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.

 

Dieter Gericke

Function in Syngenta
Non-executive Director

Professional background

Dieter Gericke is a partner at the law firm Homburger AG in Zurich since 2004, where he heads the Corporate/M&A practice team as well as the China Focus Group. Before joining Homburger in 2000, he worked as a foreign associate with Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston. Previously, he held positions as a law clerk at the district court of Meilen (Zurich) and as an associate in another Zurich law firm. Apart from his function in Syngenta, Dieter Gericke is currently holding the following Board memberships:

Non-listed companies: Member of the Board of Directors of Homburger AG and Gericke Holding AG.

He is a member of the International Bar Association's Corporate/M&A and Securities Law Committees, currently serving as Vice-Chair of the latter.

He obtained a law degree and a doctorate degree from the University of Zurich and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He is an attorney-at-law admitted to all courts of Switzerland. 

 

Eveline Saupper

Function in Syngenta
Non-executive Director

Professional background
Eveline Saupper was a partner at the commercial law firm Homburger AG in Zurich until June 2014 and thereafter Of Counsel at this law firm until March 2017. Before joining Homburger in 1985, she worked as a tax specialist with Peat Marwick Mitchell (today KPMG) in Zurich (1983–1985). Apart from her function in Syngenta, Eveline Saupper is currently holding the following Board memberships:
– Listed companies: Non-executive Director of Flughafen Zürich AG, Georg Fischer AG and Clariant AG
– Non-listed companies: Chairman of Mentex Holding AG, non-executive Director of hkp group AG, Stäubli Holding AG and Hoval Group.

Eveline Saupper holds a degree and PhD in Law from the University of St. Gallen. She is admitted to the Bar of Zurich and is a certified tax expert.

eveline saupper

Jürg Witmer

Function in Syngenta
Non-executive Director

Professional background
Jürg Witmer joined Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel in 1978 and subsequently held a number of positions including Legal Counsel, Assistant to the CEO, General Manager and China Project Manager of Roche Far East based in Hong Kong, Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Roche headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and General Manager of Roche Austria. From 1999 to 2005, he acted as Chief Executive Officer of the Givaudan Group in Vernier/Geneva. From 2008 to 2012, he was also Chairman of Clariant AG, Basel. Apart from his function in Syngenta, Jürg Witmer is currently holding the following Board memberships:
– Listed companies: Chairman of Givaudan Group
– Non-listed companies: Non-executive Director of A. Menarini IFR Florence.

Jürg Witmer has a doctorate in Law from the University of Zurich, as well as a degree in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of the University of Geneva.

jürg witmer

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