Executive Committee

Executive Committee and Executive Team

Under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Executive Committee is responsible for the active leadership and the operative management of the Company. It consists of the CEO, the President Global Crop Protection and EAME, LATAM and APAC, the President Global Seeds and North America, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Head Research & Development, the Head Global Operations and the Head Legal & Taxes.

The Executive Committee, together with the Head Human Resources, the Head Corporate Affairs and the Head Business Development, builds the Executive Team.

 

Members of the Executive Team

Name Year of birth Nationality Function Appointment
J. Erik Fyrwald* 1959 American Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 2016
Christoph Mäder* 1959 Swiss Head Legal & Taxes
and Company Secretary
2000
Patricia Malarkey* 1965 British/American Head Research & Development 2014
Jonathan Parr* 1961 British President Global Crop Protection and EAME, LATAM and APAC 2015
Mark Patrick* 1969 British Chief Financial Officer (CFO) 2016
Mark Peacock* 1961 British Head Global Operations 2007
Jeff Rowe* 1973 American President Global Seeds and North America 2016
Laure Roberts 1963 French Head Human Resources 2016
Mark Titterington 1974 British Head Corporate Affairs 2016
Alexander Tokarz 1967 German Head Business Development 2016

 * Members of the Executive Committee


J. Erik Fyrwald

Functions in Syngenta
Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee

Professional background 
J. Erik Fyrwald was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Univar, a leading distributor of chemistry and related products and services (2012–2016); President of Ecolab, a cleaning and sanitation, water treatment, and oil and gas products and services provider (2011–2012); and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nalco, a water treatment and oil and gas products and services company (2008–2011). He was Group Vice President of the Agriculture and Nutrition Division of the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company – DuPont (2003–2008). Apart from his functions in Syngenta, J. Erik Fyrwald serves on the Board of Directors for Eli Lilly and Company (including their Science and Technology Committee), CropLife International and the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Christoph Mäder

Functions in Syngenta
Head Legal & Taxes and Company Secretary 

Professional background
Christoph Mäder was Head of Legal & Public Affairs for Novartis Crop Protection (1999–2000) and Senior Corporate Counsel for Novartis International AG (1992–1998). He is Vice Chairman of economiesuisse, the main umbrella organization representing Swiss economy. He is also a non-executive Director of Lonza AG (listed company), a member of the Board of scienceindustries, the association of Swiss chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and a member of the Board of the Basel Chamber of Commerce. 

He graduated from Basel University Law School, and is admitted to the Bar in Switzerland.

christoph mäder

Patricia Malarkey

Function in Syngenta
Head Research & Development 

Professional background
Prior to her current function as Head Research & Development, Patricia Malarkey was Head Research & Development for Lawn & Garden at Syngenta (2012−2013). Before that, she held a number of senior scientific functions in Crop Protection, Seeds and Biotechnology at Syngenta in Europe and the United States. Patricia Malarkey holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.

She graduated from the University of Glasgow in Agricultural Chemistry and holds a master’s degree in Toxicology from the University of Surrey.

patricia malarkey

Jonathan Parr

Function in Syngenta
President Global Crop Protection and EAME, LATAM and APAC

Professional background
Prior to his current function as President Global Crop Protection and EAME, LATAM and APAC, Jonathan Parr was Chief Operating Officer (COO) EAME & Latin America (2015–2016). Before that, he was Head of Global Crops & Assets for Syngenta (2014), Regional Director for EAME (2009–2013), Head of Syngenta Flowers (2007–2008), Head of Marketing and Strategy (2004–2007) and European Manufacturing Manager (2000–2003). Before joining Syngenta, he worked for AstraZeneca as a Factory Manager (1998–2000), Global Product Manager Fungicides (1996–1998) and Supply Chain Project Manager (1994–1996). From 1987 to 1994, he held Project and Engineering Management functions at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). Apart from his function in Syngenta, Jonathan Parr holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.

Jonathan Parr is a Chartered Engineer and also holds an honors Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton as well as a Master in Management from the University of McGill, Canada, and a diploma in International Management from the INSEAD Institute.

jonathan parr

Mark Patrick

Function in Syngenta
Chief Financial Officer

Professional background
Prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer, Mark Patrick was Head Commercial Finance at Syngenta (2011–2016). Prior to that, he was Head Crop Protection Finance (2008–2011 and 2005–2006), Head Finance North America Crop Protection (2006–2008), Head Business Reporting (2003–2005) and APAC Regional Supply Finance Head Syngenta in Hong Kong. He joined AstraZeneca in 1993. Mark Patrick holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.

He is a Chartered Management Accountant and also holds an honors degree in Quantity Surveying and a Post Graduate degree in Economics.

Mark Peacock

Function in Syngenta
Head Global Operations

Professional background
Mark Peacock was previously Head of Global Supply (2003–2006) and Regional Supply Manager for Asia Pacific (2000–2003) for Syngenta. Prior to this he was a Product Manager in Zeneca Agrochemicals and General Manager of the Electrophotography Business in Zeneca Specialties. Mark Peacock holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.

He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and a Master in International Management from McGill University in Montreal.

mark peacock

Jeff Rowe

Function in Syngenta
President Global Seeds and North America

Professional background
Prior to his current function as President Seeds and North America, Jeff Rowe was Vice President, Strategic Services and Planning at DuPont Pioneer (2015–2016) and also sat on the company’s Leadership Team (DPLT). Before, he was Regional Director for DuPont Pioneer Europe (2011–2015), Vice President Biotech Affairs and Regulatory (2008–2011) and Corporate Counsel (2001–2008). Jeff Rowe started his career with Pioneer in 1995 in Supply Management. Apart from his function in Syngenta, he has been a member of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) Executive Committee since 2003. Jeff Rowe holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the Iowa State University, a Juris Doctorate from Drake Law School, and a Global Executive MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and the London School of Economics.

Laure Roberts

Function in Syngenta
Head Human Resources

Professional background
Prior to her appointment as Head Human Resources, Laure Roberts was Head Global HR Business Partners (2013─2016) and Head HR for the region EAME (2011─2013). Before joining Syngenta, she held a number of different HR leadership functions at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a worldwide industrial gases company where her last role was Vice President, Human Resources, Europe and Middle East (2004─2010). Laure Roberts started her career in 1988 with Valeo, a leading automotive supplier. She holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.

Laure Roberts holds a Master from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and an MBA from the University of Aston in Birmingham.

Mark Titterington

Function in Syngenta
Head Corporate Affairs

Professional background
Prior to his appointment as Head Corporate Affairs, Mark Titterington was Head Corporate Affairs EAME (2011─2016) and before that he was Head of the company’s EU Representative Office in Brussels. Before joining Syngenta, he was a Partner in the public affairs and business communications consultancy Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn (1998─2006) and also worked at the United Nations in New York (1997─1998). He is also a co-founder of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA). Mark Titterington holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.

He is a Chartered Manager and holds a Bachelor in Political Science and a Master in International Studies from the University of Birmingham.

Alexander Tokarz

Function in Syngenta
Head Business Development

Professional background
Prior to his appointment as Head Business Development, Alexander Tokarz held a number of commercial and corporate functions at Syngenta including Head of Global Crops & Assets, Head of Vegetables, Head of Corn EAME & Global Oilseeds, and Head of Strategy and Planning. Before joining Syngenta in 2003, he was with McKinsey & Company, Inc. as a member of their Chemical Practice. Alexander Tokarz holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.

He holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering and a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Hannover.

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