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Seedcare Leadership Team


Juan Pablo Llobet

Head of Syngenta Seedcare

Based in Basel, Switzerland

Juan Pablo is the Head of Seedcare Syngenta, he is an industrial engineer with an MBA and various leadership degrees. He has lived in eight different countries, including Spain, Chile, the United States, Brazil and Italy. Juan Pablo brings broad commercial experience to this role: since joining Syngenta in 2005, he has held country, region and global commercial roles including Head of Sales in Spain, Head of Specialty Crops and Corn for EAME, Head of Global and LATAM Soybean and his most recent role leading the Europe South territory team. Prior to joining Syngenta, Juan Pablo had a career in management consulting. Juan Pablo enjoys travelling with his family and is a passionate scuba diver.

“We are becoming more visible in our commitment to help feed a growing population while taking care of our planet. Our customers know that if they choose Seedcare, they not only guarantee a top offer that contributes to sustainably release the full potential of crops all over the world, but recognize Syngenta as the most collaborative and trusted team in Agriculture, wherever they are.”


Andreea Popa

Global Key Account Lead Seedcare

Andreea is Romanian and has an international career. She completed her Business Administration degree in Rome, Italy and joined Syngenta in 2008, working in several countries, including Turkey, before joining the Seedcare team in April 2020.

She is proud to be part of an energetic, innovation-driven team that is close to our customers and is dedicated to making them successful.

During her free time, Andreea enjoys reading, nature and good food and wine.

Anja Pires

Anja Pires

Head of Seedcare Institute 
Based in Basel, Switzerland

Anja is originally from Germany but was born in Africa and has lived and worked in Asia for some years. She holds a PhD in Chemistry and joined Syngenta Seedcare in 2013. She became Global Head of the Syngenta Seedcare Institute Network in January 2016.

Anja is passionate about Seedcare because the team loves seeds and acts as a very cohesive family where everybody is extremely engaged. All colleagues push for the best outcome, never losing customer focus. This family spirit makes a true difference and makes Seedcare a great place to work.

​Anja loves photographing birds and frogs in remote locations, hot weather and cool water and is a passionate mountain-biker.





Palle Pedersen

Palle Pedersen

Head of Product Management 
Based in Basel, Switzerland

Palle is originally from Denmark and was born into a farming family. He moved to the US in 1998 where he obtained his PhD in Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his international MBA at Duke University. He joined Syngenta Seedcare in 2010 and is passionate about it because:

  • Seeds are the most critical decision growers make every year. Protecting seeds’ genetic potential gives crops the best start, maximizing yield
  • How can you not be passionate about giving the grower peace of mind and relief around his investment in a crop
  • The Syngenta Seedcare pipeline looks incredible and will bring protection and yield benefits to a new level

In his free time he enjoys fishing, hunting, traveling, cooking and good wine.

Ross Weikel

Ross Weikel

Head Syngenta Seedcare North America
Based in Greensboro, USA

Ross was born and raised in the United States. He has BS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from NC State University and Georgia Institute of Technology respectively. Ross joined Syngenta in Switzerland in 2010 and has since moved to multiple locations in the United States and joined Syngenta Seedcare in 2018.

“It is exciting to be part of the market-leading business and a world-class team in Syngenta Seedcare. We continue to offer strong products, service, and expertise with ongoing investment to add to that leadership position. With these capabilities and customer-focused team, we have an exciting future in front of us.”

In his free time Ross enjoys travelling with his family and relaxing by the ocean.

Dieter Hofer

Dieter Hofer

Global Product Biology Syngenta Seedcare Lead
Based in Basel, Switzerland

Dieter is Swiss and began his career as a Research Scientist at Syngenta legacy company Ciba-Geigy, 30 years ago. He joined Syngenta Seedcare in 1997.

Dieter is passionate about Seedcare for a number of reasons. He says: “When I joined Syngenta Seedcare, it was a blue ocean playground. We were a small team with lots of innovative brains and a big vision to become Number One in seed treatment. All the functions worked together as one team, like a ‘family’. Today, Seedcare is an important Syngenta business with both an innovation and ‘family’ spirit that continues. This unique combination keeps me going.”

Marc-Oliver Zwicky

Syngenta Seedcare Head Europe, Africa, Middle-East. Based in Basel, Switzerland

Marc-Olivier was born and raised in Basel Switzerland. He spent 7 Years in Boston, the United States completing Bachelor in Marketing and MBA from Bentley University.

Marc has been working over 12 years for Syngenta across Production & Supply, and Marketing & Sales, and has spent also years in Brazil. He brings an ample experience of the crop protection and seed business, understanding customer needs and the industry. He is fluent in 4 languages including German, French, English and Portuguese.

He describes his passion for Seedcare in the following words: “The customers are what gives me the energy. I love the innovation we can offer to customers as Seedcare is the ideal precision technology for the complex farming system!”. In his free time, he plays hockey, goes skiing or hiking with his lovely wife. He also likes a good (South American) BBQ.