Syngenta Board Proposes to Elect Three New Directors

Feb 08, 2012, 01:01 ET from Syngenta International AG

BASEL, Switzerland, Feb. 8, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- Syngenta announced today that the Board of Directors will propose the election of three new members at the Annual General Meeting on April 24, 2012. On the same date two existing members of the Board, Pierre Landolt and Rolf Watter, will retire, having completed their term of office.

Martin Taylor, Chairman of the Board, said: "Pierre Landolt and Rolf Watter have served on the Board since Syngenta's creation in 2000.  I should like to thank them both for the valuable contribution they have made to the development of the company over that period.  I am very pleased that three eminent business people have agreed to stand for election in April and look forward to the considerable insights they will bring."  

The three proposed new members are:

Vinita Bali, Managing Director & CEO of Britannia Industries, a leading Indian food company.  Ms. Bali held senior positions with Cadbury and Coca-Cola before joining the Zyman Group as head of its Business Strategy practice in the USA.  She sits on the Boards of Titan Industries and Piramel Glass and is a member of the Global Diversity and Advisory Council of Novartis International.  Ms. Bali holds an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management.

Gunnar Brock, Chairman of Stora Enso, Molnlycke Health Care and Rolling Optics.  Mr. Brock has served as President and CEO of Alfa Laval, President of the Tetra Pak Group and, most recently, as President and CEO of the Atlas Copco Group.  He holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Michel Demare, Chief Financial Officer of ABB.  Mr. Demare worked for the Dow Chemical Company in various Treasury and CFO positions before joining Baxter International Inc. as CFO Europe.  He is Vice Chairman of the Board of UBS and a member of the IMD Foundation Board in Lausanne.  Mr. Demare holds an MBA from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

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