People: Syngenta AG (SYNN.VX)
Mr. Juerg Witmer has been Non-Executive Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of Syngenta AG since 2009. He is Chairman of the Compensation Committee, member of the Chairman’s & Governance Committee and the Nomination Committee. Mr. Witmer is currently Chairman of Givaudan SA and a Director of Zuellig Group Hong Kong. Until March 2012, he was also Chairman of Clariant AG. He joined Roche (1978) in the legal department and subsequently held a number of positions including Assistant to the CEO, General Manager and China Project Manager of Roche Far East based in Hong Kong, Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Roche headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and General Manager of Roche Austria. Thereafter he became Chief Executive Officer of Givaudan Roure (1999) and then Chairman of the Board of Directors of Givaudan (2005). Mr. Witmer has a doctorate in Law from the University of Zurich, as well as a degree in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of the University of Geneva.
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