EUROPEAN-SEED.COM I EUROPEAN SEED I 43 INDUSTRY NEWS TAILORED TO SEED PROFESSIONALS INDUSTRY NEWS DELIVERS THE PEOPLE RESEARCH BUSINESS AND PRODUCT NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW. SUBMISSIONS ARE WELCOME. EMAIL US AT NEWSISSUESINK.COM. PEOPLE NEWS Gert Kema has been appointed Professor of Tropical Phytopathology at Wageningen University. Kema will study the interaction between tropical crops and pathogenic micro- organisms. Kema is currently researching the global problems of disease in bananas from various disciplines with a particular focus on genetic diversity and how it affects crop protection. He will be exploring the opportu- nities of this multidisciplinary approach for other crops particularly cacao and coffee. The chair Tropical Phytopathology will operate as part of the Laboratory of Phytopathology of Wageningen University headed by Bart Thomma. Kema will also continue working in the Business Unit Biointeractions Plant Health of Wageningen UR. DuPont Seed Treatment Enterprise fills two key posts within its global business to help propel continued growth. Matthew Mouw is named commercial unit director DuPont Seed Treatment Enterprise DSTE. He is responsible for representation and sale of DuPont seed treatment products to seed com- panies. Mouw will continue to manage select commercial relationships and foster integra- tion between DSTE and DuPont Biologicals Venture. His team includes regional business managers Marc Treurniet North America David Tassara Latin America Thierry Remy EMEA and Andrew Brown and Howard Liu Asia Pacific. Bryan Cheng has been named global portfolio manager DSTE. He will lead commercial launch and management of fungi- cide seed treatments. Advanta Seeds a leading international sup- plier of proprietary agricultural crop genetics and seed has added Jose Manuel Garcia as Business Manager Mexico. In his new role Garcia will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Advanta Seeds Mexico busi- ness. He will lead market intelligence compo- nents including market trends competitive landscape and product positioning as well as customer needs assessments. Garcia is also responsible for the coordination of all sales marketing planning and customer relation activities in Mexico with Advanta Seeds man- agement and field staff. Evogene Ltd. has appointed Eyal Leibovitz as chief financial officer. Leibovitz will replace Sigal Fattal who has been with the company since June 2012. Leibovitz will report to Ofer Haviv Evogenes president and CEO and will have executive responsibility for all corporate functions of the company. Leibovitz brings with him an extensive background in senior management finance investor relations MA and business development in international companies headquartered in both Israel and the United States. Paul Rea has been appointed as senior vice president of BASF Crop Protection North America. Rea started with the company in 2001 as national sales manager at BASF Australia. In 2004 he moved to the United States as a global marketing manager and held several positions of increasing responsibility including director of the U.S. Professional and Specialty Solutions division and vice president U.S. Crop Operations. Most recently Rea spent two years as the senior vice president Crop Protection Asia-Pacific in Singapore before returning to the U.S. Martin Petersen is joining SynTech Research as director global business devel- opment and sales. Petersen will be based at SynTechs global headquarters in Stilwell Kansas in the United States. Petersen has had a career lasting over 30 years in the ag-chemical business with Helena Chemical Bayer CropScience Gowan Co. and Cheminova FMC during which he has held senior management positions most recently as managing director of Cheminova in Germany Austria and Switzerland. He has wide international experience having worked in the U.S. Europe Brazil and South Africa during which time he has developed considerable knowledge of crop science business globally. DuPont has announced new executive leadership changes in order to stream- line the company for growth and simplify the organisation. James Collins execu- tive vice president will lead the DuPont Agriculture business segment. Marc Doyle has been named executive vice president and will lead the Electronics Communications Industrial Biosciences Nutrition Health Performance Materials and Safety Protection business segments. Richard C. Olson has been named senior vice president Corporate Services and will assume responsibility for the Safety Health Environment Operational Excellence Facility Services Real Estate Sourcing Logistics and Information Technology functions. Douglas Muzyka senior vice president and chief science and technology officer adds responsibility for Engineering Technologies and the companys regional leadership. In addition to the leadership changes James Borel executive vice presi- dent and Gary Spitzer senior vice president Integrated Operations and Engineering have elected to retire following 36 years of service with DuPont respectively effective in early 2016.