People: Syngenta AG (SYNN.VX)
Mr. John Atkin has been Chief Operating Officer of Syngenta AG since 2000. Before that, he was Chief Executive Officer (1999–2000), Chief Operating Officer (1999), Head of Product Portfolio Management (1998), and Head of Insecticides and Patron for Asia (1997–1998) of Novartis Crop Protection. Prior to 1998, he was General Manager of Sandoz Agro France (1995–1997) and Head of Sandoz Agro Northern Europe (1993–1995). In 2008 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was appointed as a non-executive Director of Driscoll’s in 2011. He graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a PhD and a BSc degree in Agricultural Zoology.
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