TOKYO -- William M. Lewis has been named Business Unit Head of Arysta LifeScience North America. Lewis will report to Chris Richards, Arysta LifeScience president and CEO, and replaces Elin D. Miller.

"Bill brings extensive industry experience and has demonstrated his ability to deliver business results," said Richards. "His global experience combined with prior leadership of the U.S., Canada and Mexico is the perfect match with our company's direction."

Lewis joins Arysta LifeScience from Syngenta Crop Protection, where he was vice president of professional products and regional business for NAFTA and was responsible for the profit and loss of five non-ag businesses in the U.S. and the businesses in Canada and Mexico.

Prior to that, Lewis was director of horticulture business in the U.S. and Canada, general manager of the UK and Ireland, business manager for Central Europe and regional business manager for the Western U.S. for Zeneca Agrochemicals, which merged into Syngenta. Other experience includes ICI Americas Inc. Ag Products and USDA-APHIS. Lewis graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Entomology.

"Under Elin Miller's leadership, our North America business has grown even faster than our targets," said Richards. "We greatly appreciate her contributions to the company as well as her efforts in relocating the North America headquarters from San Francisco to our new location in Cary, N.C." Miller will be assisting Lewis in his transition.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Arysta LifeScience is the world's largest privately-held crop protection and life science company with 2004 revenues of US$1 billion. An entrepreneurial provider of crop protection and life science products in more than 100 countries worldwide, Arysta LifeScience specializes in the marketing and distribution of respected crop protection brands and life science products in harmony with the needs of global producers.

SOURCE: Arysta LifeScience news release..