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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.”

 

Kristel Burgmeister

Head of Seedcare Institute
Based in Basel, Switzerland

 

Kristel is from Australia and joined Syngenta in 2011, before relocating to Basel in 2015 to undertake a global position. Kristel has a family farming background and holds a Bachelor of Business & MBA.

She became the Global Head of the Syngenta Seedcare Institute Network in September 2020.

 

Kristel is passionate about the Seedcare business, working alongside the Seedcare family to deliver robust application and services as part of the P.A.S. (Product, Application & Service) offer.

The team are highly engaged, energetic and customer focused, making it a great place to work and very rewarding to be part of this winning team.

 

​During her free time, Kristel enjoys travelling, cooking and being outdoors.

 

 

 

 

Sidney Deng

Head Syngenta Seedcare China
Based in Shanghai, China

Sidney was born and raised in China. He has MS degrees in Plan Pathology and Quarantine from China Agriculture University. Sidney Joined Syngenta in China in 2007 after graduation and joined Seedcare after 2009 with technical, marketing & sales roles. He has very good experience on both upstream and downstream business with customer focus.

Sidney has great passionate for Seedcare, “I love seed treatment as it is the great technology in plant protection to improve agriculture productivity in CN with huge market opportunities, also working with so many dedicated and passionate Seedcare family people feels full of energy”

In his free time, Sidney enjoy swimming and travelling with family

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andreea Popa

Global Key Account Lead Seedcare
Based in Basel, Switzerland

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.

 

 

 

 


 

 








 

Will Salter

Head of Seedcare APAC
Based in Singapore, Republic of Singapore

Raised in rural Australia, Wills father is an ag-entrepreneur, which inspired Will to study agricultural systems at university. He balanced his study with industry experience and leadership positions in student and sporting groups. “I’ve always been drawn towards opportunities to build fun and functional teams”.

Will joined Syngenta Australia in 2013, eventually leading the Seedcare team there through the launch of the Wagga Wagga Seedcare Institute. He relocated to Singapore in August 2019 to drive an ambitious growth strategy in this diverse and emerging market. “APAC is an agricultural frontier begging for technology and we have the best products and talented teams to deliver them”.

Will loves people, music, and escaping into the ocean or natural spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robison Serafim

Robison Serafim

Head of Seedcare LATAM
Based in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Robison Serafim was born in a farming family in a small city in the state of Minas Gerais, in the Brazilian countryside. As the son of a farmer, he knew since an early age that his life would revolve around agriculture. Robison became and agronomist and furthered his education with 2 MBAs from USP and FDC in Brazil.

Joining Syngenta in 2002 has been a dream, as he helps share his vision for agriculture and work closely with customers. Robison worked in several roles, from sales rep to marketing director, in diverse regions around Brazil, allowing him to learn from different perspectives and generate an innovative, flexible, and collaborative mindset.

He is proud of Syngenta’s customer focus and innovation potential as a company. Especially in the Seedcare team, from seed and soil care through our PAS strategy, where there is an opportunity to make a big difference for growers, agriculture, and environmental sustainability.

Robison enjoys working with outstanding teams from different cultures, regions, and knowledge. He also likes to run in his spare time, travel with his family, and meet friends for a good barbeque and 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.