BASEL, Switzerland -- Syngenta announced today that Bruce Bissell, Head of Global Operations, and David Jones, Head of Business Development, will be retiring from Syngenta Feb. 28, 2007.

Both were founder members of the Syngenta Executive Committee and played critical roles in establishing the company and in its subsequent success. They have served Syngenta and its legacy organizations with distinction: Bissell for 38 years and Jones for 31 years.

Effective Jan. 1, 2007, Robert Berendes is appointed to the Executive Committee as Head of Business Development, and Mark Peacock is appointed to the Executive Committee as Head of Global Operations with responsibility for global supply and information services.

Michael Pragnell, Syngenta chief executive, said: "On behalf of the whole organization, I should like to express my warmest appreciation to Bruce and David for all they have contributed to Syngenta throughout their distinguished careers. I should also like to wish Robert and Mark every success in their new positions."

Berendes is currently Head of Diverse Field Crops. He was previously Head of Strategy, Planning, M&A (2002-2005) for Syngenta. Prior to this, he was a partner and co-leader of the European chemical practice at McKinsey & Company. He graduated from the University of Cologne with a Diploma in Chemistry and has a PhD in Biophysics from the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry/Technical University of Munich.

Peacock is currently Head of Global Supply. He was previously Regional Supply Manager for Asia Pacific (2000-2003) for Syngenta. Prior to this, he was a Product Manager in Zeneca Agrochemicals and General Manager of the Electrophotography Business in Zeneca Specialties. He has a degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London and a Masters in international management from McGill University in Montreal.

Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2005 were approximately $8.1 billion. Syngenta employs more than 19,000 people in over 90 countries.

SOURCE: Syngenta via PR Newswire.