Sao Paulo, Brazil -- Syngenta announces today the retirement of Antonio Carlos Guimarães, Regional Director Latin America effective December 31, 2013, after 14 successful years at Syngenta.
As Regional Director since 2005, Antonio has led a business that has more than tripled in size. He also played an important role in the development of the integrated crop strategy in the region. Antonio was instrumental in developing new growth strategies for Latin America and establishing innovative financial risk management practices that set new standards for the industry.
Karsten Neuffer, who is currently Global Head of Seed Care, will succeed Antonio Carlos as Regional Director for Latin America and will relocate to São Paulo in the first quarter of 2014. He will lead a region that encompasses important emerging markets, more than 4,000 employees across more than 30 countries and reported sales of $3.7 billion in 2012.
Prior to his current role, Karsten spent three years as Head of Cereals, and also held the position of Head of Cereals for Syngenta's Europe, Africa and Middle East operations. He was previously Head of Strategy, Planning and New Business Development for the company.
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