Vern Hawkins, currently vice president of U.S. commercial operations for Syngenta Crop Protection, NAFTA region, has been named the company’s president effective January 1, 2010.
Hawkins replaces Valdemar Fischer, who has decided to leave the company and return to his native Brazil after five successful years in the region. During his 24 years with Syngenta, Fischer also held a number of commercial leadership roles in Latin America. As country head of Mexico, he was instrumental in building the market leading position Syngenta holds there.
“Under Valdemar’s leadership, the region has achieved significant profitable growth and consistent market share gains,” says John Atkin, chief operating officer, Syngenta Crop Protection. “I would like to thank Valdemar for his valuable contribution to the company and wish Vern every success in his new role.”
Hawkins brings considerable leadership experience along with sales and marketing expertise to his new position, having been with Syngenta for 23 years. Prior to his current role of vice president of U.S. commercial operations, Hawkins led the U.S. horticulture business unit for Syngenta. He also has led brand management, biological research and development, regulatory affairs, and development planning teams in the NAFTA region. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Purdue University and an executive master’s in business administration from Temple University.