Syngenta Management Appointment

Dec 17, 2004, 00:00 ET from Syngenta International AG

    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 .
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