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Agrimarketing : January-Febuary 2010
8 Agri Marketing January/February 2010 Syngenta Crop Protection names Vern Hawkins Pres. He was VP/ U.S. commercial operations for the NAFTA region. He replaces Valdemar Fischer, who has decided to leave the company and return to his native Brazil. Chemtura announces it plans to exit Chapter 11 this summer. From the outset, Chemtura has viewed Chapter 11 as an opportunity to reshape the Company into a stronger, more nimble enterprise with a focus on growth. Initiatives include: • Increasing strategic investments to improve efficiency, such as its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiatives that have enabled over 90% of revenues to be man- aged on a single global instance of SAP and offering simplified and standardized business processes. • Increasing investment in R&D, which is starting to result in important and innovative new product introductions. • Improving order processing to enhance responsiveness and delivery to customers. • Transferring certain operations to third-party logistics providers, enabling the company to maintain service levels at a more competitive cost. The company reports it is meeting and exceeding its financial objectives. Deere & Company's Board of Directors elects Samuel R. Allen as Chmn of the Board He will continue as Pres/CEO. Woods Equipment Company appoints Gerald D. Johnson Pres, Products Div. which includes the Agricultural & Turf, Skidsteer and Construction Equipment attach- ments businesses. Robert Darr, VP, Sales, assumes responsibility for the CE attachment sales team and continues leading the Ag-Turf-Skidsteer sales team. William A. Stuckert is appointed Pres, Aftermarket Parts Div. Fred Korndorf steps down as Chmn/CEO but remains a member of the Board of Directors. BASF Plant Science and Monsanto sign a development and commercial- ization agreement whereby BASF's NutriDense traits will be combined with Monsanto's Roundup Ready Genuity VT Triple PRO and Genuity SmartStax corn. Mahindra USA opens a new assembly and distribution point in Chattanooga, TN. The company moves its N.A. headquarters from Tomball, TX to co-locate with its Houston, TX assembly plant. Novus International, Inc. announces its intention to acquire the Animal Nutrition Division of Albion Laboratories Inc, Clearfield, UT, that manufactures highly bioavailable nutritional mineral forms and has a long-standing customer base in both the beef and dairy markets. Ted McKinney joins Elanco Animal Health Company, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly, as Sr. Dir, Corporate Affairs. He was with Dow AgroSciences. Elisha Modisett joins Dow AgroSciences as Mgr, State Gov't Affairs for its U.S. Regional Commercial Unit . She was with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Topcon Precision Agriculture names Albert Zahalka as Sr VP. In his new role, Zahalka will direct the company's agri- culture opera- tions from Ade- laide, Australia. He has worked for Sauer-Danfoss, Inc. and Emerson Electric Corp., and most recently, with Bercon Consulting Group. Rotem BKG LLC reorganizes its N.A. operations, and is renamed ICL Premium Fertilizers NA. The change coincides with the reorgani- zation of ICL North America. ICL Premium Fertilizers NA is a member of Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL) a global group active in fertilizers, bromine and bromine compounds, specialty and perfor- mance chemicals, and metallurgy. Dow AgroSciences (DAS) and Agrisoma Biosciences, Inc., North Vancouver, BC, announce the signing of a research and commercial license option agreement which provides DAS with access to Agrisoma's MARKETING NEWS Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com Hawkins Allen McKinney Zahalka (more on page 10) IN MEMORIAM Jim Robertson, 82, of Ballwin, MO, died at home last month. After several years in retail, he moved into marketing communications with three New York advertising agencies, serving in account management, boards of directors and as VP of McCann-Erickson. He joined Monsanto's textile unit in New York in 1968 as Dir Mktg Comms and moved to St. Louis in 1976 with similar responsibilities for Monsanto's agricultural division Upon his retirement from Monsanto in 1988 and at their behest, he formed BTB Communications (Advertising Agency). Clients included Monsanto, John Deere, the Potash Corporation, Missouri Southern Seed Corporation and other agricultural accounts before his retirement in 1992. He was involved in NAMA, the St. Louis AgriBusiness Club, Solutions magazine and the Kirkwood- Webster YMCA. AM
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