BASEL, Switzerland, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mike Mack, currently Head of Crop Protection NAFTA, is to be appointed to the Executive Committee as Chief Operating Officer Syngenta Seeds, with effect from January 1, 2005, based in Basel. He takes over from Jeff Beard who is stepping down from the Executive Committee and has decided to pursue his career outside Syngenta. Mike Mack joined Syngenta in his current position in 2002. He was previously President Worldwide Paper Division at Imerys SA following senior appointments at English China Clays plc and Mead Corporation of the USA. He studied Economics in Michigan and Strasbourg and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2003 were approximately $6.6 billion. Syngenta employs some 19,000 people in over 90 countries. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SYNN) and in New York (NYSE: SYT). Further information is available at http://www.syngenta.com . Media Enquiries: Switzerland: Markus Payer Tel: +41 (61) 323 2323 USA: Sarah Hull Tel: +1 (202) 347 8348 Analysts/Investors: Switzerland: Jonathan Seabrook Tel: +41 (61) 323 7502 Jennifer Gough Tel: +41 (61) 323 5059 USA: Rhonda Chiger Tel: +1 (917) 322 2569 Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This document contains forward-looking statements, which can be identified by terminology such as 'expect', 'would', 'will', 'potential', 'plans', 'prospects', 'estimated', 'aiming', 'on track' and similar expressions. Such statements may be subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from these statements. We refer you to Syngenta's publicly available filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks and uncertainties. Syngenta assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changed assumptions or other factors. This document does not constitute, or form part of, any offer or invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer, to purchase or subscribe for any ordinary shares in Syngenta AG, or Syngenta ADSs, nor shall it form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract therefor.
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