Executive Committee

Executive Committee

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.

Name Date of birth Nationality Function Appointment
J. Erik Fyrwald 29.07.1959 American Chief Executive Officer 2016
Christoph Mäder 21.07.1959 Swiss Head Legal & Taxes
and Company Secretary
2000
Patricia Malarkey 23.11.1965 British/American Head Research & Development 2014
Jonathan Parr 27.02.1961 British President Global Crop Protection and EAME, LATAM and APAC 2015
Mark Patrick 14.03.1969 British Chief Financial Officer 2016
Mark Peacock 02.02.1961 British Head Global Operations 2007
Jeff Rowe 02.05.1973 American President Global Seeds and North America 2016


J. Erik Fyrwald

Function in Syngenta
Chief Executive Officer

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 function in Syngenta, J. Erik Fyrwald serves on the Board of Directors for 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.

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 (2005–2006 and 2008–2011), Head Finance North America Crop Protection (2006–2008), Head Business Reporting (2003–2005) and APAC Regional Supply Finance Head Syngenta in Hong Kong. Mark Patrick holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.

Mark joined AstraZeneca in 1993. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and also holds an honors degree in Quantity Surveying and a Post Graduate in Economics.

Mark Patrick

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.

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