May 6, 2016
Syngenta has announced the appointment of J. Erik Fyrwald, currently president and CEO of the US chemistry distribution company Univar Inc., as CEO of the corporation.
The appointment will be effective from June 1.
Fyrwald (pictured, right) succeeds John Ramsay who has been interim CEO since November 2015.
"After a rigorous search, the Board concluded that Erik's leadership and considerable experience in both agriculture and chemicals, along with his strong track record of success as a CEO made him the outstanding candidate for the role," said Michel Demaré, Syngenta's chairman. "Erik has demonstrated throughout his career the ability to work successfully in different environments, designing and leading strategies which resulted in impressive value creation. I look forward to working with him to create the next chapter of Syngenta's story of success."
Fyrwald spent 27 years at DuPont where he held positions of increasing responsibility in technology, manufacturing, sales and marketing, strategic planning and regional and global business unit leadership, including four years in Asia.
In 2003, Fyrwald was named Group Vice President of DuPont Agriculture and Nutrition, which included the Pioneer Seed, DuPont Crop Protection Products and Solae Food Ingredients businesses. He also served as chairman of Crop Life International for two years during this period.
In 2008, Fyrwald was named chairman, president and CEO of Nalco, a leading global provider of water treatment, and oil and gas products and services.
In December 2011, Nalco was acquired by EcoLab. Fyrwald was president of EcoLab until May 2012, when he was appointed CEO of Univar, a leading global distributor of chemical products and provider of related services, including agricultural inputs.
Fyrwald serves on the boards of Eli Lilly and Company (including their Science and Technology Committee) and the Society of Chemical Industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.