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Syngenta Names Hengde Qin New CFO 

Hengde Qin has been named the new Chief Financial Officer of Syngenta Group, effective Dec 1, 2023, according to an Oct. 20 news release.

Qin, 53, is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer of Syngenta Group. He assumed that position at the start of 2023, previously holding the position of President of Syngenta Group China (SGC). 

“Under his leadership, SGC built market-leading positions in the crop protection and seeds markets in China. He also strengthened SGC’s leadership position in crop nutrition and grew the Modern Agriculture Platform business to be the fastest-growing business in global agriculture,” said the release. 

“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 [newly announced CEO] Jeff Rowe. I look forward to what this new team can achieve together,” Fanrong Li, Chairman of Syngenta Group, said in the release.

Qin will succeed Chen Lichtenstein who has held the role of CFO since Syngenta Group was created. Lichtenstein is stepping down in favour of other opportunities.

Lichtenstein has been part of Syngenta Group since 2006. He initially served as a member of ADAMA’s management, then assumed leadership for Global Operations before taking on the role of Deputy CEO in charge of China Integration. He then served as President and CEO of ChemChina’s strategic business division (China National Agrochemical Corporation), before assuming the role of ADAMA President and CEO in 2014. 

“Lichtenstein was instrumental in the creation of Syngenta Group in 2020, taking on the role of CFO, and establishing the Group as an industry leader with exceptional growth in all businesses and geographies. In the last three years, he has led the team across Finance, Integration & Synergies, Ventures, Productivity and Strategy; overseeing performance, significantly refinancing the Group’s debt, and achieving robust investment grade ratings from all agencies,” said the release.

Syngenta also named a new CEO, Jeff Rowe.