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Pioneer President Paul Schickler to Retire

After 42 years of service, Paul Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer, has elected to retire effective Jan. 2, 2017.

“We cannot thank Paul enough for his substantial and enduring contributions to advancing production agriculture over his more than four decades-long career,” says James Collins, DuPont executive vice president. “Paul has always operated with the customer in mind, and his intense customer focus has created significant value for countless growers and for DuPont. On behalf of the entire DuPont organization, we extend our best wishes and sincere thanks to Paul.”

Schickler began his career with Pioneer in 1974. Since joining the company, he served in a variety of finance and administrative leadership roles throughout the business, including leading the business in Latin America from 1999-2002. He was subsequently named vice president of International Operations, and in October 2007, he was named president of DuPont Pioneer. He is a member of the DuPont Operating Team.

“I feel fortunate to have spent my career helping farmers become more productive, while advancing one of the leading brands in agriculture,” Schickler says. “Having played an active role in the merger planning process and in setting the direction for the combined ag division, I am confident that the merger with Dow sets a strong foundation for the intended ag company to deliver innovative solutions to farmers, greater choice and competitive price for value, while helping to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges.

“I look forward to what the combined company will do to deliver on the potential of production agriculture.”

Schickler is a graduate of Drake University, where he received Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in business administration.