Syngenta: Who, Where, How Much?

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Syngenta: Who, Where, How much?


3.1 Syngenta Global




3.1 Syngenta Global


At an international level Syngenta is owned and operated by Syngenta International AG based in Switzerland.


a. Contact Details


Syngenta International AG

Schwartzwaldallee 215,

4058 Basel,


Tel +41616971111


b. Directors


Syngenta International AG is run by the following board of directors[14]


Heinz Imhof Chair of the board of directors of Syngenta and head of the chair's committee. Previous appointments include Head of Novartis' Agribusiness division and a member of the Novartis executive committee; Deputy Executive Head Novartis Agribusiness and Head of Novartis Seeds; Deputy Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Sandoz Corporation in New York; Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corporation in East Hanover, New Jersey; member of the Sandoz Ltd. executive committee and president of Sandoz Agro and Sandoz Seeds.


Sir David Barnes Vice Chair of the board of directors of Syngenta and member of the chair's committee. Previous appointments include director of ICI PLC, Chief Executive of Zeneca Group PLC, deputy chair of AstraZeneca and deputy chair of Business in the Community. Currently also serving as a non-executive deputy chair of the board of directors of Astra-Zeneca, non-executive director of Prudential Corporation PLC, non-executive chair of Imperial Cancer Research Technology (ICRT) Limited, member of the board of trustees of the British Red Cross and a member of the board of governors of Ashridge Management College.


Michael Pragnell Chief Executive Officer and director of Syngenta and member of the chair's committee. Previous appointments include Chief Executive Officer of Zeneca Agrochemicals, director of Zeneca Group PLC (responsibility for the Agrochemicals business and Asia Pacific), member of the Advanta B.V. Supervisory Board, executive director of AstraZeneca, director of Courtaulds PLC and non-executive director of David S. Smith (Holdings) PLC. He is also president of the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA).[15]


Peggy Bruzelius Director of Syngenta. Currently also chair of Grand Hotel Holdings and Lancelot Asset Management AB, director of AB Electrolux, Scania AB, Ratos AB, AB Drott, Axfood AB, Axel Johnson AB and the Swedish Trade Council. Senior advisor to Lehman Brothers. Previous appointments include Chief Executive Officer of ABB Financial Services AB, executive vice president of SEB, a member of the board of the Swedish Government Bank Support Authority member of the board of Trygg Hansa Mutual Life Insurance Company and Celsius AB.


Peter Doyle Director of Syngenta. Previous appointments include director of Zeneca Group PLC and director of ICI. Doyle is a non-executive director of Oxford Molecular Group PLC and Oxagen. He is currently chair of the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSCR) and a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation.


Rupert Gasser Director of Syngenta. Previous appointments include Executive Vice-President and Head of Nestlé Technical Production and R&D since 1990, and Senior Vice-President and General Manager/Executive Vice-President at Nestec SA.


Pierre Landolt Director of Syngenta and Novartis and previously a director of Sandoz AG since 1986. Previous appointments include director of Banque Edoard Constant S.A. (Geneva, Switzerland). Currently also serves as chair of Emasan AG (Basel, Switzerland), Sandoz Family Foundation (Glaris, Switzerland), Curaçao International Trust Company, CITCO, and as vice-chair of Parmigiani Mesure et Art du Temps (Fleurier, Switzerland) and Sandoz Family Foundation Holding Bancaire et Financière (Pully, Switzerland). Also a board member of Intercom Ltd. (London, United Kingdom). He is also a partner and serves on the board of Mocó Agropecuária Ltda, Patos, Pb (Brazil), Fair Corretora de Câmbio e Valores (Brazil) and Misú Irrigação Indústria e Comércio Ltda, Patos, Pb (Brazil), and he is partner in and chair of Banco Axial S.A. (São Paulo, Brazil,). He is currently a partner of Pabco International Ltd. and Pabco S.A. (Pully, Switzerland)


Pedro Reiser Director of Syngenta. Previous appointments include Member of the Board and Adviser of Novartis Pharma Japan until 2001, President and CEO for Sandoz and Novartis since 1995. Prior to that Reiser held a number of senior and management positions at Sandoz. Reiser was also President and CEO of Holvis AG in Basel, Switzerland.


Martin Taylor Director of Syngenta. Previous appointments include, Chief Executive Officer of Barclays PLC and a director of Courtaulds plc fr, becoming the Chief Executive of Courtaulds Textiles plc upon its demerger from Courtaulds plc in 1990. Currently also an international advisor to Goldman Sachs and the Chair of the WH Smith Group PLC, as well as director of Antigenics, Inc. and of Buttonwood Focus Fund Ltd. He has also chaired and sat upon various United Kingdom government task forces, including heading a Task Force looking at options for the reform of the tax and benefit systems.


Peter Thompson Director of Syngenta. Previous appointments include President and CEO of Grand Metropolitan Foods Europe, President of Walkers Snack Foods in the U.K. and President of PepsiCo Foods International's Europe, Middle East and Africa Division. Other positions currently held are President and Chief Executive Officer of Pepsi-Cola International, Director of Pepsi-Gemex, S.A. de C.V. and Sopresa, soft drink bottlers in Mexico and Venezuela respectively and a director of the US-Russia Business Council. Also director of the Immigration & Refugee Services of America and Boy Scouts of America and a trustee of the Stanwich School, Greenwich.


Rolf Watter Director of Syngenta. Other appointments currently held include partner in the law firm Bär & Karrer in Zurich, Professor at the Law School of the University of Zurich, board member of Forbo Holding AG, Eglisau, A.W. Faber-Castell (Holding) AG, Kusnacht and Galileo Switzerland AG, all of which are Swiss companies.


Felix Weber Director of Syngenta. Dr. Weber is currently also Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Adecco SA. Previous positions held include partner in McKinsey & Company, managing director of Alusuisse South Africa Pty, from 1982 to 1984 and a member of the board of Alusaf Aluminum Smelter, a joint venture company formed by the Industrial Development Corporation and Alusuisse in South Africa. He was area sales manager between 1980 and 1982 in the United States and Europe for Alesa Alusuisse Engineering, and from 1976 to 1980 a project manager at ABB in Switzerland. Dr. Weber graduated in 1975 from the University of St. Gallen with a Lic. Oec. grade in operations research and finance and in 1978 with a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of St. Gallen.


c. Shares


An up to date share price for Syngenta AG can be obtained from Details of major share holders in Syngenta AG can be found at


d. Subsidiaries


The following companies do not operate under the Syngenta name but are subsidiaries of Syngenta International AG

New Farm Crops UK cereal plant breeders, originally bought by Ciba Geigy . The company is based in Lincolnshire with satellite breeding stations in Cambridgeshire and abroad. New Farm Crops conducted the world's first field trials of GM wheat in 1994.

Northrup King Co (NK) US based maize seed breeder and supplier originally acquired by Sandoz Seeds in 1976. NK supplies maize, soyabeans, sunflower, winter oilseed rape and other field crops seeds worldwide. Syngenta markets GM corn through NK in the US.

Hilleshög Swedish based sugar/fodder beet breeder and supplier, originally acquired by Sandoz Seeds in 1989. Currently the 3rd largest suppliers of sugarbeet seed. Hilleshög have trailed both GM sugar/fodder beet and maize in the EU.[16]

Sluis & Grut (S&G) Dutch vegetable and flower seed breeder and supplier, originally bought by Sandoz Seeds as part of the Zaaduine Group in 1980. S&G supplies Syngenta vegetable seeds in Europe, Africa and Asia, and Syngenta flowers worldwide.

Rogers US breeder and supplier of vegetable seeds and sweet maize in particular, originally acquired by Sandoz Seeds in 1975. Rogers supplies Syngenta vegetable seeds in the Americas


e. Acquisitions


The following companies or interests have been acquired by Syngenta or their predecessors and appear to no longer operate under their original name.[17]


Funk Seeds In 1974 Ciba Geigy purchased all the public shares of this company and made it a wholly owned subsidiary.

Sturdy Grow Hybrids Novartis brought the germplasm assets of this developer of white corn hybrids in 1998. White corn is used in tortillas and other Mexican food.

Wilson Seeds Novartis acquired a 50/50 share of this company with Land O'Lake in 1998. The Company will focus on the production of white corn hybrids.

Agritrading (Italy) Novartis Seeds S.A. acquired 100 percent of the shares of this privately held Italian seed company in 1998. Agritrading specializes in research, development and supply of high performance corn germplasm, inbred lines and hybrids.

Agra (Italy) Agrosem (France) Koipesol Semillas (Spain) Acquired by Novartis from Eridania Beghin-Say and accounted for the majority of their seed activities. This deal increased Novartis' market share in sugar beet and oilseeds.

American Sunmelon Novartis purchased this leader in the American Seedless Watermelon market in 1999 to add to its existing watermelon sales of Rogers and S&G

Stauffer Chemical BV Bought by AstraZeneca in 1987, Stauffer manufactures agrochemicals and is based in the Netherlands. Ordered by the US Environmental Protection Agency to clean up 16,000 cubic yards of soil on its ex DDT production plant in Florida. The site also contains toxaphene and chlordane.

Ishirara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd Bought by AstraZeneca in 1998 this Japanese chemical company produces the 'chlorothlonil' fungicide sold as Bravo.

Mogen Dutch plant biotechnology company acquired by Zeneca in 1997. Shortly after acquiring the company for US$74m, a Zeneca-Mogen research plant was opened in Leiden (NL). The Leiden research plant was closed by Syngenta in late 2001.[18]

Crop protection business of Oriental chemical Industries (OCI) South Korean company acquired by Novartis in 1998 giving them access to the eighth biggest national market in the world. OCI was South Korea's second largest producer of agrochemicals in 1997.


3.2 Syngenta in the UK


The following section gives details of UK companies owned by Syngenta International AG and where available their location and contact details.[19]


3.2.1 Contact Detals


a. Principle Offices



European Regional Centre -- Regional Headquarters Priestley Road

Surrey Research Park




Ph : +44 (0) 1483 260000

Fax : +44 (0) 1483 260001

This address is also the registered office for the following Syngenta companies Syngenta Ltd, Syngenta Epsilon Ltd, Syngenta Europe Ltd, Syngenta Grimsby Ltd, Syngenta Holdings Ltd, Syngenta Pensions Trustee Ltd, Syngenta Theta Ltd, Syngenta Treasury Ltd



London Office 6th Floor, Aldwych House,

81 Aldwych,



This address is also the registered office for the following Syngenta companies Syngenta Name Protection Ltd, Syngenta Agribusiness Ltd, Syngenta UK Ltd, Syngenta Crop Protection Ltd


b. Crop Protection Business


Syngenta Crop Protection

Syngenta Crop Protection UK Limited -- Sales Office Whittlesford, Cambridge

CB2 4QT Ph : +44 (0) 1223 833621

Fax : +44 (0) 1223 493700


Syngenta Crop Protection

Syngenta Bioline -- Sales Office Telstar Nursery

Holland Road, Little Clacton



CO16 9QG Ph : +44 (0) 1255 863200

Fax : +44 (0) 1255 863206


c. Seed Business


Syngenta Seeds


Syngenta Seeds - New Farm Crops/NK/Hilleshög -- Sales & Marketing Office Hill Farm Road

Whittlesford, Cambridge


Ph : +44 (0) 1223 833621

Fax : +44 (0) 1223 493700


Syngenta Seeds Market Stainton, Market Rasen



Ph : +44 (0) 1507 343348

Fax : +44 (0) 1507 343526


Syngenta Seeds - S & G -- Sales Office 17 Summerwood Lane

Ormskirk, Lancashire

L39 8TH

Ph : +44 (0) 1704 882882

Fax : +44 (0) 1704 841176


Syngenta Seeds


New Farm Crops -- Sales Office Pampisford Road, Great Abington



Ph : +44 (0) 1223 893409

Fax : +44 (0) 1223 893371


d. Research Station




Jealott's Hill International Research Centre -- Research Bracknell


RG42 6EY

Ph : +44 (0) 1344 424701

Fax : +44 (0) 1344 455629

Following the closure of the Syngenta/Mogen research centre in Leiden, Netherlands in 2001 it is thought that Jealotts’s Hill is Syngenta’s only remaining research and development centre in Europe.


3.22 Directors of Syngenta Ltd [20]


The following people are directors of Syngenta Ltd Matthew Bayliss (Secretary)

Robert Bissell

Neil Dempsy

Keith Hill

Christopher Richards

Kevin William

References [14] [15] more information on the ECPA is available online at [16] information from the Genewatch Syngenta profile available online at (viewed 23,10,2002)

[17] information from the Genewatch Syngenta profile available online at (viewed 23,10,2002) and the Rafi Top 10 Global Seed Companies 2000 available online at (viewed 23,10,2002)

[18] information from dutch newspaper article available online at (viewed 23,10,02)

[19] information from Syngenta UK homepage available online at (viewed 23,10,2002) and Companies House companies index available online at (viewed 23,10,2002)

[20] information from Companies House Current Appointments Report for SYNGENTA LIMITED (compiled 24/10/2002)