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Syngenta Group appoints Petra Laux as acting Chief Sustainability Officer

09 December 2020, Switzerland: Syngenta Group has today announced the appointment of Petra Laux as acting Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of Syngenta Group. Petra will take up her position on January 1, 2021, following Alexandra Brand’s appointment as Syngenta Crop Protection Regional Director for EAME. Petra Laux will report to CEO Erik Fyrwald.

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Petra joined Syngenta in 2019 from Novartis where she led Global Public Affairs for over a decade and was responsible for government relations, public policy, and advocacy.She holds a master’s degree in Public Health, a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, is a trained Pharmacist and has more than 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

Syngenta Group created the Business Sustainability group and the role of Chief Sustainability Officer in January 2018 to drive forward the company’s commitment to sustainability. Over the past three years, under the leadership of Syngenta Group’s first CSO, Alexandra Brand, the company successfully established an industry-leading sustainability agenda with a $2 billion commitment to breakthrough technologies that deliver a step change in agricultural sustainability and help farmers address climate change.

Erik Fyrwald, Syngenta Group CEO: “Sustainability is at the core of Syngenta Group. The world demands sustainable solutions and our new Good Growth Plan puts the urgent fight against climate change and loss of biodiversity at the heart of farming’s productive future. We are pleased to have Petra taking on this important role, advancing our commitment to sustainable agriculture together with our partners and our customers. We thank Alexandra for her many achievements over the past three years as our first Syngenta Group Chief Sustainability Officer.”

About Syngenta Group

Syngenta Group is one of the world’s leading agriculture innovation companies, with roots going back more than 250 years. Its 49,000 people across more than 100 countries strive to transform agriculture through breakthrough products and technologies that play a vital role in enabling the food chain to feed the world safely, sustainably and with respect for our planet. Swiss-based and Chinese-owned, the group draws strength from its four business units – Syngenta Crop Protection headquartered in Switzerland, Syngenta Seeds headquartered in the United States, ADAMA® headquartered in Israel, and Syngenta Group China – that provide industry-leading ways to serve customers everywhere.

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