Board of Directors

Name Date of birth Nationality Function Initial
appointment
Michel Demaré 31.08.1956 Belgian Chairman,
Non-executive Director
2012
Jürg Witmer 22.06.1948 Swiss Vice Chairman,
Non-executive Director
2006
Michael Mack 19.04.1960 American Chief Executive Officer,
Executive Director
2008
Vinita
Bali
11.11.1955 Indian Non-executive Director 2012
Stefan
Borgas
11.09.1964 German Non-executive Director 2009
Gunnar
Brock
12.04.1950 Swedish Non-executive Director 2012
Eleni Gabre-Madhin 12.07.1964 Swiss Non-executive Director 2013
David
Lawrence
09.03.1949 British Non-executive Director 2009
Eveline Saupper 01.10.1958 Swiss Non-executive Director 2013
Jacques
Vincent
09.04.1946 French Non-executive Director 2005


Syngenta is led by a strong and experienced Board of Directors (the Board). The Board includes representatives from eight nationalities, drawn from broad international business and scientific backgrounds. Its members bring diversity in expertise and perspective to the leadership of a complex, highly regulated, global business.

Michel Demaré

Functions in Syngenta
Chairman of the Board, non-executive Director
Chairman of the Chairman's & Governance Committee, the Corporate Responsibility Committee and the Nomination Committee
He is also Chairman of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture.

Professional background
Michel Demaré was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of ABB from 2005 to February 2013, serving in addition, between late 2008 and March 2011, as the company's President of Global Markets. Between February and September 2008, he was ABB's acting Chief Executive Officer. Previously he had been Chief Financial Officer Europe for Baxter International Inc. He joined Baxter in 2002 after 18 years at the Dow Chemical Company, where he held various treasury and business Chief Financial Officer positions in Europe (including Switzerland) and the USA. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of UBS, Chairman of SwissHoldings and a member of the IMD Business School Supervisory Board in Lausanne.

Michel Demaré holds an MBA from the Katholieke Universiteit at Leuven.

Jürg Witmer

Functions in Syngenta
Vice Chairman, non-executive Directorr
Chairman of the Compensation Committee, member of the Chairman's & Governance Committee and the Nomination Committee

Professional background
Jürg Witmer is currently Chairman of the Givaudan Group and a Director of The Zuellig Group Hong Kong, The Gold Coin Group Singapore and A. Menarini IFR Florence (Italy). In 1978, he joined Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel and subsequently held a number of positions including Legal Counsel, Assistant to the CEO, General Manager and China Project Manager of Roche Far East based in Hong Kong, Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Roche headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and General Manager of Roche Austria. From 1999 to 2005, he acted as Chief Executive Officer of the Givaudan Group in Vernier/Geneva and since then as Chairman of the Board. From 2008 to 2012, he was also Chairman of Clariant AG, Basel.

Jürg Witmer has a doctorate in Law from the University of Zurich, as well as a degree in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of the University of Geneva.

Michael Mack

Functions in Syngenta
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), executive Director
Member of the Chairman's & Governance Committee and the Corporate Responsibility Committee

Professional background
Michael Mack was Chief Operating Officer of Seeds (2004–2007) and Head of Crop Protection, NAFTA Region (2002–2004) for Syngenta. Prior to this, he was President of the Global Paper Division of Imerys SA, a French mining and pigments concern, from the time of its merger in 1999 with English China Clays Ltd., where he was Executive Vice President, Americas and Pacific Region, in addition to being an executive Director of the Board. From 1987 to 1996, he held various roles with Mead Corporation. Michael Mack was Chairman and President of the Board of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce from 2009 to 2012, and is currently a member of the Board.

Michael Mack has a degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, studied at the University of Strasbourg, and has an MBA from Harvard University.

Vinita Bali

Functions in Syngenta
Non-executive Director
Member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee

Professional background
Vinita Bali has been Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Britannia Industries, India's public listed premier food company, since 2005. She also serves as a non-executive Director on the boards of Titan Industries, Piramal Glass, several companies of The Wadia Group, GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) and CRISIL Ltd. She started her career in India with the Tata Group, and then joined Cadbury India, subsequently working for Cadbury in the UK, Nigeria and South Africa. From 1994 onwards, she held a number of senior positions in marketing and general management at The Coca-Cola Company in the USA and Latin America, becoming Head of Corporate Strategy in 2001, and then joined the Zyman Group as Head of its Business Strategy practice in the USA in 2003.

Vinita Bali holds an MBA from The Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, University of Bombay and a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Delhi.

Stefan Borgas

Functions in Syngenta
Non-executive Director
Member of the Audit Committee

Professional background
Stefan Borgas has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Israel's ICL Group since September 2012. Prior to this he was CEO of Lonza Group from June 2004 to January 2012 after having spent 14 years with BASF Group where he held various leadership positions in Fine Chemicals and Engineering Plastics in the USA, Germany, Ireland and China. Stefan Borgas is also a member of the Board of the Swiss Management Gesellschaft (SMG).

Stefan Borgas holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Saarbrücken and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen.

Gunnar Brock

Functions in Syngenta
Non-executive Director
Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nomination Committee

Professional background
Gunnar Brock is Chairman of Stora Enso, Mölnlycke Health Care and Rolling Optics and a member of the Board of Investor AB, Total SA and Stena AB. He worked for the Tetra Pak Group for many years, with spells in Asia, Australia and Europe, returning – after a period as President and Chief Executive Officer of Alfa Laval – to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tetra Pak Group, headquartered in Switzerland. From 2002 to 2009 he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlas Copco Group.

Gunnar Brock holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Eleni Gabre-Madhin

Functions in Syngenta
Non-executive Director
Member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee

Professional background
Eleni Gabre-Madhin is the co-founder and CEO of eleni LLC, which supports the formation of commodity exchanges across Africa, helping to promote food security. She also founded and was CEO of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange. Previously, she was a Senior Program Leader for Strategy issues at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Addis Ababa and worked for several institutions, such as the World Bank in Washington (2003–2004).

Eleni Gabre-Madhin holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University, a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and a PhD in Applied Economics (Food Research Institute) from Stanford University. She received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association for her research on grain markets in Ethiopia.

David Lawrence

Functions in Syngenta
Non-executive Director
Member of the Audit Committee
He is also Chairman of the Science and Technology Advisory Board.

Professional background
David Lawrence was Head Research & Development at Syngenta from September 1, 2002, until the end of September, 2008. Prior to this role, David Lawrence was Head Research & Technology Projects (2000–2002) for Syngenta. Prior to this, he was Head International R&D Projects for Zeneca Agrochemicals, having previously held several senior scientific roles. He was a member of the UK Foresight Lead Expert Group on Food and Farming. Currently he is a member of the BBSRC Council, the UK Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Team and the UK Agri-tech Strategy Leadership Council. He is also a Board member for Rothamsted Research, Chairman of the UK Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network Board, and a member of the World Economic Forum Biotechnology Council.

David Lawrence graduated in Chemistry from Oxford University with an MA and DPhil in Chemical Pharmacology.

Eveline Saupper

Functions in Syngenta
Non-executive Director
Member of the Compensation Committee

Professional background
Eveline Saupper is a partner and member of the Board of Directors of the commercial law firm Homburger AG in Zurich. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bâloise Holding AG, Hostettler, Kramarsch & Partner Holding AG and Stäubli Holding AG. Before joining Homburger in 1985, she worked as a tax specialist with Peat Marwick Mitchell (today KPMG) in Zurich (1983–1985).

Eveline Saupper holds a degree and PhD in Law from the University of St. Gallen. She is admitted to the Bar of Zurich and is a certified tax expert.

Jacques Vincent

Functions in Syngenta
Non-executive Director
Member of the Compensation Committee

Professional background
Jacques Vincent was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of the Danone Group, Paris, from 1998 until 2008. In 2013, he has been sitting on the Board of Directors of Danone and Mediaperformance. He began his career with Danone in 1970 and has since held various financial and overall management positions within this Group.

Jacques Vincent is a graduate engineer of the Ecole Centrale, Paris. He holds a Bachelor in Economics from Paris University and a Master of Science from Stanford University.

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