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Corteva Hires Former Nutrien CEO Chuck Magro as New CEO

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Former Nutrien CEO Chuck Magro has been hired as the new CEO of Corteva, the company says in an Oct. 28 news release. He will start on Nov. 1, 2021 and will also join Corteva’s board of directors. Magro succeeds James C. Collins, Jr. who will work with him to assure a smooth transition and retire from Corteva at year-end.

“Chuck has an extensive, proven track record driving profitable growth through innovation and execution in the agriculture industry. During nearly a decade of strong leadership at Nutrien and its predecessor Agrium, Chuck led the creation and integration of the world’s largest crop inputs, services, and solutions company and established a culture with a clear commitment to operational excellence and advancing sustainable agriculture solutions,” Greg Page, independent chairman of Corteva, says in the release.

Magro served as president and CEO of Nutrien from the company’s launch in 2018 until April 2021. Prior to that, for four years he was president and CEO of Agrium, which merged with PotashCorp to create Nutrien, the release notes. Prior to becoming the CEO of Agrium he worked as COO, CRO, executive vice president of corporate development and vice president of manufacturing. He joined Agrium in 2009 after working at NOVA Chemicals.

“Corteva has established itself as the premier global agricultural technology company and I am excited to build on the momentum Jim Collins and this terrific team have generated,” Magro says in the release.

Magro also serves an active role on the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The release notes he was vice chairman of the International Fertilizer Association, past chair and board member of The Fertilizer Institute, and served as a board steward for the World Economic Forum’s Food Systems Initiative.

He has a bachelor of applied science in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo and a master of business administration degree from the University of Windsor.