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Executive Committee

Name Date of birth Nationality Function Appointment
Michael Mack 19.04.1960 American Chief Executive Officer 2008
John Atkin 01.09.1953 British Chief Operating Officer 2000
Caroline Luscombe 28.02.1960 British Head Human Resources 2012
Christoph Mäder 21.07.1959 Swiss Head Legal & Taxes
and Company Secretary
Patricia Malarkey 23.11.1965 British/American Head Research & Development 2014
Mark Peacock 02.02.1961 British Head Global Operations 2007
Davor Pisk 16.03.1958 British Chief Operating Officer 2008
John Ramsay 03.10.1957 British Chief Financial Officer 2007
Jonathan Seabrook 24.12.1969 British Head Corporate Affairs 2013

Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Executive Committee is responsible for the operational management of the Company. It consists of the CEO, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) EAME & Latin America, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) APAC & North America, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Head Research & Development, the Head Global Operations, the Head Legal & Taxes, the Head Human Resources and the Head Corporate Affairs.

Michael Mack 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.

John Atkin John Atkin
Function in Syngenta
Chief Operating Officer

Professional background
Prior to his current role as Chief Operating Officer Syngenta, John Atkin was Chief Operating Officer for Syngenta Crop Protection, from the foundation of the Company in 2000 until February 2011. Before that, he was Chief Executive Officer (1999–2000), Chief Operating Officer (1999), Head of Product Portfolio Management (1998), and Head of Insecticides and Patron for Asia (1997–1998) of Novartis Crop Protection. Prior to 1998, he was General Manager of Sandoz Agro France (1995–1997) and Head of Sandoz Agro Northern Europe (1993–1995). In 2008, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was appointed as a non-executive Director of Driscoll's in 2011.
He graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a PhD and a BSc degree in Agricultural Zoology.

Caroline Luscombe Caroline Luscombe
Function in Syngenta
Head Human Resources

Professional background
Caroline Luscombe joined Syngenta as Global Head of Human Resources in January 2010. Prior to this, she held several senior HR roles in the GE group, namely Head HR for GE Capital Global Banking (2009), HR Leader for GE Money and GE Money EMEA (2006–2008), HR Leader for GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences (2004–2006) and, before its acquisition by GE, Executive Vice President HR for Medical Diagnostics, Amersham plc (2001–2004). From 1997 to 2001, she worked in the chemical sector for Laporte plc and was promoted to Head of HR in 2000. She also held senior HR roles in Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (formerly Fisons plc, 1995–1996) and Tiphook plc (1989–1995). She started her career in finance at Arthur Young McClelland Moore and was UK controller and Compensation and Benefits manager for the strategy consultants Bain & Company (1983–1989).
She holds a Bachelor degree in German from University College, London.

Christoph Mäder 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 member of the Board of scienceindustries, the association of Swiss chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and a member of the Executive Board of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
He graduated from Basel University Law School, and is admitted to the Bar in Switzerland.

Patricia Malarkey Patricia Malarkey
Function in Syngenta
Head Research & Development

Professional background
Prior to her current role 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 positions in Crop Protection, Seeds and Biotechnology at Syngenta in Europe and the United States.
She graduated from the University of Glasgow in Agricultural Chemistry and holds a master's degree in Toxicology from the University of Surrey.

Mark Peacock 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.
He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and a Master in International Management from McGill University in Montreal.

Davor PiskDavor Pisk
Function in Syngenta
Chief Operating Officer

Professional background
Prior to his current role as Chief Operating Officer Syngenta, Davor Pisk was Chief Operating Officer for Syngenta Seeds from 2008 to February 2011. Prior to that, he was Region Head Crop Protection Asia Pacific (2003–2007) for Syngenta and Region Head Asia for Zeneca Agrochemicals (1998–2001). Prior to 1998, he was head of Herbicides for Zeneca (1993–1997) and General Manager of ICI Czechoslovakia (1991-1993).
He has a BA in Economics and Politics from Exeter University and an MA in Political Science from the University of California, USA.

John RamsayJohn Ramsay
Function in Syngenta
Chief Financial Officer

Professional background
John Ramsay was Group Financial Controller (2000–2007) for Syngenta. Prior to that, he was Zeneca Agrochemicals Finance Head Asia Pacific (1994–1999), Financial Controller ICI Malaysia (1990–1993), and ICI Plant Protection Regional Controller Latin America (1987–1990). Before joining ICI in 1984, he worked in Audit and Tax at KPMG.
He is a Chartered Accountant and also holds an honors degree in Accounting.

Jonathan Seabrook Jonathan Seabrook
Function in Syngenta
Head Corporate Affairs

Professional background
Prior to his current role Jonathan Seabrook was Head Investor Relations Syngenta (2003–2007). Before joining the Company, he held a number of positions in the pharmaceutical and financial services industries, including Glaxo, SmithKline Beecham, N.M. Rothschild & Sons and Bank of America, in both the UK and the USA.
He graduated from Exeter University, UK, with a degree in Ancient History and is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.