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Executive Team

Under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Executive Team is responsible for the active leadership and the operative management of the Company. It consists of the CEO, the President Global Crop Protection, the President Global Seeds, the Chief Financial Officer, the Group General Counsel and the Head of Human Resources.

Members of the Executive Team

Name Year of birth Nationality Function Appointment
J. Erik Fyrwald 1959 American Chief Executive Officer
Executive Director
Chairman of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
2016
Stephen Landsman 1959 American Group General Counsel 
 
2018
Chen Lichtenstein 1967 Israeli, British Chief Financial Officer 2020
Jonathan Parr 1961 British President Global Crop Protection 2015
Laure Roberts 1963 French Head Human Resources 2016
Jeff Rowe 1973 American President Global Seeds 2016
J. Erik Fyrwald
Chief Executive Officer
Executive Director
Chairman of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Stephen Landsman
Group General Counsel 
 
Chen Lichtenstein
Chief Financial Officer
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J. Erik Fyrwald
Functions in Syngenta

Chief Executive Officer
Executive Director
Chairman of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

J. Erik Fyrwald was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Univar, a leading distributor of chemistry and related services (2012–2016); President of Ecolab, a cleaning and sanitation, water treatment, and oil and gas products and services provider (2011–2012); and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nalco, a water treatment and oil and gas products and services company (2008–2011). He was Group Vice President of the Agriculture and Nutrition Division of the DuPont Company (2003–2008). Apart from his functions in Syngenta, J. Erik Fyrwald currently holds the following board memberships:

- Listed companies: Chairman of Adama Ltd., and Non-executive Director of Bunge Limited and Eli Lilly and Company.

Erik Fyrwald also serves on the Board of Directors for CropLife International, the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, and the UN World Food Program Farm to Market Initiative.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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Stephen Landsman
Function in Syngenta

Group General Counsel 
 

Prior to his appointment as Group General Counsel, Stephen Landsman was Global Head of Mergers, Acquisitions and Integration at Syngenta (2017–2018). Before joining Syngenta, he was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Univar Inc. (2013–2017), and Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Nalco Company (2003–2013). Mr. Landsman’s previous positions in Nalco company were Deputy General Counsel and Division VP Mergers and Acquisitions (2000–2003), and Director of Acquisitions and Senior Attorney (1997–2000). Apart from his function in Syngenta, Steve Landsman holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.

He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law, an AB (Artium Baccalaureatus) Degree from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Chen Lichtenstein
Function in Syngenta

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer, Chen Lichtenstein was President and CEO of Adama (2014-2020). He joined Adama in 2006 to head the company’s corporate development and capital market activities, followed by running the company’s Global Resources Division, integrating all global operations including manufacturing, supply chain, procurement and R&D. He then went on to hold several key roles, including Deputy CEO in charge of China Integration, and President and CEO of ChemChina's strategic business division – China National Agrochemical Corporation (CNAC), Syngenta Group’s parent company. In these roles, he has been integral to expanding Adama’s global footprint. Prior to joining Adama, Chen served as Executive Director of Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs in New York and London. Apart from his function in Syngenta, Chen Lichtenstein currently holds the following board memberships:
- Listed companies: Adama Ltd.

Chen Lichtenstein is also a Board Member of the Israel Democracy Institute, a non-profit organization, and of Tel Aviv University.

He holds joint doctoral degrees from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and School of Law, and B.Sc. (Physics) and LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jonathan Parr
President Global Crop Protection
Laure Roberts
Head Human Resources
Jeff Rowe
President Global Seeds
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Jonathan Parr
Function in Syngenta

President Global Crop Protection

Prior to his current function as President Global Crop Protection, Jonathan Parr was Chief Operating Officer (COO) EAME & Latin America (2015–2016). Before that, he was Head of Global Crops & Assets for Syngenta (2014), Regional Director for EAME (2009–2013), Head of Syngenta Flowers (2007–2008), Head of Marketing and Strategy (2004–2007) and European Manufacturing Manager (2000–2003). Before joining Syngenta, he worked for AstraZeneca as a Factory Manager (1998–2000), Global Product Manager Fungicides (1996–1998) and Supply Chain Project Manager (1994–1996). From 1987 to 1994, he held project and engineering management functions at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). Apart from his function in Syngenta, Jonathan Parr holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.
He is currently serving as a member of the UK Governments Investment Council.

He is a Chartered Engineer and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton, as well as a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of McGill, Canada, and a Diploma in International Management from the INSEAD Institute.

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Laure Roberts
Function in Syngenta

Head Human Resources

Prior to her appointment as Head Human Resources, Laure Roberts was Head Global HR Business Partners (2013–2016) and Head Human Resources for the region EAME (2011–2013). Before joining Syngenta, she held a number of different HR leadership functions at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a worldwide industrial gases company where her last role was Vice President, Human Resources, Europe and Middle East (2004–2010). Laure Roberts started her career in 1988 with Valeo, a leading automotive supplier. Apart from her function in Syngenta, Laure Roberts holds no other mandates in the supreme executive bodies of listed or non-listed companies.

She holds a Master’s Degree from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and an MBA from the University of Aston in Birmingham.

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Jeff Rowe
Function in Syngenta

President Global Seeds

Prior to his current function as President Global Seeds, Jeff Rowe was Vice President, Strategic Services and Planning at DuPont Pioneer (2015–2016) and also sat on the company’s Leadership Team (DPLT). Before, he was Regional Director for DuPont Pioneer Europe (2011–2015), Vice President Biotech Affairs and Regulatory (2008–2011), and Corporate Counsel (2001–2008). He started his career with Pioneer in 1995 in Supply Management. Apart from his function in Syngenta, Jeff Rowe currently holds the following board membership:

- Non-listed companies: Wayne Farms LLC.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University, a Juris Doctorate from Drake Law School, and a Global Executive MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and the London School of Economics.