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Neal Gutterson to Retire as SVP & Chief Technology Officer of Corteva Agriscience


Corteva Agriscience announced that Neal Gutterson, senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer, has indicated his intent to retire from the Company in the second half of 2020. Neal remains fully committed to Corteva and to leading the R&D organization until his successor is selected and for a period after to assure a smooth transition. The company has engaged an executive recruitment firm to identify a replacement.

“Neal’s extraordinary leadership helped create the strong, unified R&D capability and a leading industry pipeline that are driving Corteva’s future growth,” says James C. Collins, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Corteva Agriscience. “Neal’s successor will be able to build on this solid, efficient foundation as we harness the power of science and technology to continue to serve our customers and consumers for years to come.”

Corteva has in place a strong, balanced pipeline, with 14 products introduced since the merger of Dow and DuPont in late 2017. Gutterson led the integration of three research organizations over the last several years, establishing a leading R&D capability through the combination of highly complementary capabilities from DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection, and Dow AgroSciences, and contributing to the delivery of merger cost synergies.

“I remain committed to Corteva and as passionate as ever about delivering on our purpose and strategy,” says Gutterson. “I have complete confidence that our broad innovation capability and technology advantage will enable us to continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers as we realize the enormous potential inherent in our company over the coming years.”