Hengde Qin New Chief Financial Officer at Syngenta Group

24.10.2023 - The Board of Directors at Syngenta Group has appointed Hengde Qin as the new Chief Financial Officer, starting from December 1, 2023. Qin will take over from Chen Lichtenstein who has served as CFO since Syngenta Group's inception but is now leaving to explore other business ventures.

Fanrong Li, Chairman of Syngenta Group said, “Hengde is a strong leader with excellent financial acumen. He has extensive experience in finance and strong knowledge of the business and will make an excellent partner to Jeff Rowe. I look forward to what this new team can achieve together.”

Earlier, it was announced that Jeff Rowe will succeed Erik Fyrwald as CEO of Syngenta Group, effective Jan 1, 2024.

Li continued, “I would like to thank Chen for his many outstanding contributions to Syngenta Group as well as his many years of prior leadership in ADAMA and CNAC. During his time as the Group CFO, he oversaw the Group’s strong performance and successfully led the newly formed Group. I wish him all the best for the future."

Lichtenstein joined the Syngenta Group family in 2006 as a member of Adama’s management and went on to hold several other roles including President and CEO of the China National Agrochemical Corporation (CNAC) and later Adama. He was instrumental in the creation of Syngenta Group in 2020 as CFO and in establishing the Group as an industry leader with exceptional growth in all businesses and geographies.

Qin is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer of Syngenta Group, based in Basel, a position that he assumed at the beginning of the year. He was previously President of Syngenta Group China (SGC), where he built a strong team that has been delivering outstanding revenue and profitability growth.

Erik Fyrwald, outgoing Syngenta Group CEO, said, “I want to thank Chen for his strong leadership and close partnership with me as we launched and grew the Syngenta Group during a period of very strong profitable growth. Now it is time for this team to hand over the baton to Jeff and Hengde,” he continued. “I am pleased to leave Syngenta Group financial leadership in such excellent hands.”


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