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Leadership Team

Mr. Jaidev Shroff

Global CEO of the Group

Mr. Jai Shroff is the Global CEO of UPL Limited. He is a well-recognized global leader in the Chemical & Agri-Inputs industry with over 30 years experience in India and internationally.

UPL group is focused on strengthening the food security in over 130 countries by offering world class technologies and solutions for sustainable agriculture production. Under Jai's leadership, UPL has been one of the fastest growing agri-input companies in the world with strong presence in the Seeds, Plant Nutrition, Crop Protection and Post Harvest, +Biologicals food preservation value chains. He has driven the transformation of UPL from a largely domestic player to a truly global Indian multinational organization.

Jai believes in the power of collaboration and inter-sectoral partnerships. He is actively involved in the global development agenda, including the World Economic Forum's Grow Africa and Grow Asia initiatives, IFPRI's Sustainable Agriculture and Global Food Security Initiative, WBCSD, Chicago Council, IGD and ICAR.

Mr. Vikram Shroff

Director

Mr. Vikram Shroff is part of the leadership team of UPL, he has been passionately driving continuous organizational improvement with his dynamic leadership, sound strategic insights and outstanding people management skills.

Blessed with the ability to look into the minutest details, Vikram has set challenging cross-functional aspirations for the company, leveraging the organizational values towards excellence. He is instrumental in making strategic decisions for the Company, leads many of the functions and has been responsible in the execution of several projects of the group.

A philanthropist to the core, Vikram is leading the war against COVID – 19 with various initiatives.

He is very enthusiastic about the social development projects and the educational endeavours of the Shroff family that benefits more than 5,600 students annually. He believes in spreading the light of knowledge through innovative learning methods and leads a team that constantly strives for the same.

Mr. Rajendra Darak

Group CFO

Mr. Rajendra Darak has been with UPL since the year 1997 and is currently working as the Group CFO. He has been instrumental in proving leadership and guidance to multiple functions within UPL from mergers and acquisitions to strategic developments into new businesses, corporate finance, resources mobilization, both on-shore and off-shore. Rajendra is part of the corporate leadership team which looks after all the Group's growth initiatives.

Mr. Diego Casanello

Global COO - Crop Protection

Diego Lopez Casanello is currently in the role of Global Chief Operating Officer for Crop protection, since UPL acquired Arysta LifeScience in February 2019. Prior to the acquisition, Diego served as Global Chief Executive Officer of Arysta LifeScience since February 2016.

In his tenure as leader of Arysta, he completed the integration of Chemtura Agrosolutions, the Agriphar Group and Arysta LifeScience, and implemented a strategy that focused the business on high growth specialty segments and sustainable technologies, expanding Arysta’s EBITDA margin and doubling the peak sales value potential of its R&D pipeline. Before joining Arysta, Diego spent 24 years in Chemical giant BASF, where he worked in different industries ranging from Agribusiness to Specialty Chemicals, as well as different regions, including Europe, North America, South America and Asia.

Mr. Sanjay Singh

Global CHRO

Mr. Sanjay Singh joined UPL as the Global Chief Human Resource Officer in September, 2018. Sanjay began his career in Civil Services of India, where he served the Indian Railways for 10 years. His foray into the private sector took him to Dr. Reddy's where he handled multiple global assignments in Russia & Europe. He then moved to Tata Motors as Head of HR for the commercial vehicle division including international operations. In his last assignment with Crompton Greaves he was designated as Executive VP & Global Head - Human Resources and was a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Anand Vora

Global CFO

Mr. Anand Vora joined UPL as Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He joined UPL from Bunge India, where he worked in senior finance roles both within India and internationally. He brings in more than 31 years of experience.

Previously, he has held several leadership positions in finance with companies such as Dow Chemicals, Ranbaxy and Piramal Group.

Mr. Raj Tiwari

Global Head of Supply Chain & Manufacturing

Mr. Raj Tiwari has been with UPL since 2011. He started in the role of Global leader for Manufacturing Projects & Lead for Indirect Procurement. Raj has been a part of the Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing leadership team at UPL. He has been known for successfully leading large turnkey projects that enabled UPL for meeting its growth objectives. Raj managed the role of Head - Technical Manufacturing for India for a year before he took on the role of Global Head - Supply Chain Management.

Mr. Carlos Pellicer

Global COO – Strategy, Innovation & Integration

Mr. Carlos Pellicer is currently in the role of COO Global Strategy and Innovation and Special Growth Initiatives. He works closely with marketing, R&D and strategic alliances to drive strategic growth initiatives for UPL. Decco and Sinagro Brasil are also lead by Carlos.

He became part of UPL as the CEO for its business in Brazil in the year 2011, through the acquisition of DVA in Brazil. In 2017, he moved to the role of COO – Global Strategy, Innovation and NPD and focused on defining the long-term strategy roadmap for the Crop protection business along with managing the business responsibilities for Decco and Sinagro. With the acquisition of Arysta, he become Global Integration leader and transformed UPL in a Purpose Led company.

Mr. Farokh N. Hilloo

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Global Head of Post-Patent Solutions

Farokh Hilloo joined UPL in the year 1991 and has held several key leadership positions for UPL. His last assignment was Vice President - International Business and was in charge of Rest of the World which at that time accounted for 17% of the total global business.

In 2010, he took up the role of Global Sales Director and was responsible for sales and profitability of the entire business. He also played an active role in marketing, regulatory affairs, new product development and strategic sourcing.

He is currently the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and head of Post Patent Solutions.

Key Global Executives

Mr. Paresh Talati

Global Head of Chemistry R&D

Mr. Paresh Talati, Global Head – Chemistry R&D, joined UPL in 1994. He has been instrumental in creating a strong business focused R&D organization that has contributed immensely towards UPL's growth objectives.

Paresh has over 37 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and agri-inputs industry.

Mr. Bhupen Dubey

COO - Seeds

Mr. Bhupen Dubey, COO – Seeds has been with the UPL Group for 15 years, where he has had a dynamic career moving from a regional role in India to Regional Business lead for India, before moving into role of Chief Executive Officer -Seeds business in 2016. Bhupen has played a key role in managing and integrating companies within the UPL group such as Advanta/ UPL, Golden Seeds and Unicorn. He has been driving essential integrations to bring profitable and sustainable growth for the UPL business.

Mr. K. R. Srivastava

COO - Speciality Chemicals

K.R. Srivastava (KRS), COO - Speciality Chemicals, joined UPL in 1999. He has held several senior leadership positions in the UPL Crop Protection business. KRS played an instrumental role in the scale up of our manufacturing footprint, Operational excellence through projects in his role as the leader for the Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing organization, In 2016, KRS took up the opportunity to develop the Specialty Chemicals business at a global level as the CEO- Specialty Chemicals for UPL.

Mr. Rohit Kumar

Global General Counsel

Mr. Rohit Kumar joined UPL in 2010. He is the Global General Counsel of UPL Group where he leads a team of close to 40 in-house lawyers overseeing all aspects of legal work relating to the group. Rohit brings over 18 year experience dealing with mergers, acquisitions, advising the company on strategic disputes and other legal law issues affecting the group globally. Prior to UPL, Rohit has worked as a commercial lawyer for Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in Melbourne, Australia and J. Sagar Associates (JSA) in New Delhi, India.

Mr. Sagar Kaushik

Global Head Corporate Affairs

Mr. Sagar Kaushik is currently in the role of Global Head – Corporate Affairs. He joined UPL in 2011, as the COO- UPL Crop Protection business. He successfully led the business teams to develop new products, technologies and expand the UPL footprint in multiple new markets. In 2017, Sagar moved into a new role of Global Head - Corporate Affairs.

Prior to joining UPL, Sagar brings with him more than 30 years of experience in several leadership positions with Aventis Corp Science, Bayer Crop Science in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Germany & India. His last assignment was in Germany as the Head of Crop Management for Bayer.

Adrian Percy

Chief Technology Officer

Adrian Percy, with more than 25 years of experience in the agricultural industry, is an advocate of the need for and benefits of modern agriculture. He is also a strong proponent of the development and adoption of new agricultural and food technologies that support global food security while conserving the environment.

Adrian currently serves as the CTO of UPL Ltd, a major crop protection company that is a leader in global food systems. He also serves as a Venture Partner at Finistere Ventures LLC, a technology and life sciences venture capital investor, focused on transforming the food value chain.

Previously, Adrian served as the head of research and development for the Crop Science division of Bayer as part of their executive committee. In this role, he had responsibility for internal and open innovation activities in the areas of crop protection chemistry and biologicals, as well as seeds and traits. During his 16-year tenure at Bayer, he also led crop protection development activities for Bayer in North America and regulatory affairs activities across the entire division of Crop Science.

A global ag advocate, he has held numerous positions in the research and development departments of Rhone Poulenc, Aventis CropScience and Bayer in France, Germany and the United States.

Adrian serves on the board of directors of BioLumic, HiFidelity Genetics, Biotalys and Evogene. He is also a member of the science and technology boards of Terramera, Biotalys and Rothamsted Research.

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Adrian earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology at the University of Liverpool, as well as a master’s degree in toxicology and a doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Birmingham. He now resides in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, USA.

Mr. Vicente Gongora

Global Head - Differentiated & Sustainable Solutions

Mr. Vicente Gongora is Global Head of Differentiated & Sustainable Solutions where he leads focused efforts to grow our business of novel crop protection AIs, innovative formulations, biosolutions, soil and seed health, and digital farming services. Prior to this role, he held the position of Regional Head of North America where he developed strategic plans to advance the company's corporate identity in the US market and drive profitable growth.

His experience also includes leadership of Marketing, R&D and Regulatory for UPL, Brazil. He has solid experience in developing new concepts and campaigns, coupled with strong technical expertise and teamwork ability.

Vicente joined UPL in 2011 through the integration of DVA in Brazil and has more than 35 years of experience leading businesses in the Agrochemical industry. He has worked in critical roles for FMC in Brazil and South America & Cyanamid in Brazil and Paraguay.

Mr. Paula Pinto

Global Head – Business & Marketing Excellence

Mrs. Paula Pinto is Global Head of Business & Marketing Excellence driving cross-company strategic initiatives, global marketing communication efforts, market intelligence, business analytics and the implementation of agile processes and support tools across the organization. Prior to this role, she lead Global Strategic Alliances and B2B and co-lead the integration efforts following the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience by UPL.

Paula joined Arysta LifeScience in 2010 as Head of Global Marketing. She was appointed Head of Integration for Arysta LifeScience in August 2018. Prior to this appointment, she recently held the positions of Vice President of Global Procurement and Third Party Relations and Vice President of Global Portfolio Management.

Previously, Paula had a career in the specialty chemicals sector spanning 21 years in Momentive and its predecessor companies—including Union Carbide, OSi Specialties Corporation, and GE Silicones. In Momentive and predecessor companies, she filled a range of senior roles of increasing responsibility in operations, business management, and marketing. Originally from Brazil and also a US Citizen, Paula has lived in multiple world regions and is fluent in four languages.

Regional
Leaders

Mr. Fabio Torretta

Region Head
Brazil

Mr. Fabio Torretta is currently the Regional Head of Brazil. Fabio brings more than 35 years of experience in Agri-inputs industry including Crop Protection, Animal Nutrition and Fertilizer. Fabio has achieved superior results in multiple markets by building high performance teams and flawless execution of the Strategy plan. Prior to his current role, Fabio led Arysta’s business in Southern Africa and post that he moved to LATAM as Regional Busines Head in 2015.

Prior to working with UPL, Fabio has managed leadership roles in Sales and Marketing with companies in Agri-inputs industry like Socil Evialis Animal Nutrition and Fersol Ind. E Comercio S/A.

Mr. Craig Brekkas

Region Head
North America

Region Head
Europe South

Mr. Felix Lorente is the Region Head - Europe South. Felix has more than 23 years of experience in Agribusiness working for Multinational Companies in country management, commercial policies planning and operations control in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Middle East.

Region Head
India

Mr. Sameer Tandon joined UPL in 2016 as the Regional Head of India. He leads UPL's business teams for Crop Protection, AFS ( Adarsh Farm Services ) in India.

Sameer brings with him an experience of over 26 years in handling a wide variety of businesses with both B2B & B2C business models. He has worked in leadership positions for diverse industries including FMCG, Automotive, Consumer Durables and Agri-inputs handling strategic functions along with P&L responsibilities. Prior to joining UPL, Sameer has worked with organizations such as Castrol, Monsanto India Ltd, Escorts Agri-Machinery etc.

Mr. Hisaya Kobayashi

Region Head
Asia

Mr. Hisaya Kobayashi is the Regional Head of Asia. He was with Arysta LifeScience and one of Arysta's predecessor companies, Tomen Corporation, since 1991.

Kobayashi's international career began in corporate planning and sales to Latin America and Southeast Asia for Tomen Corporation, Tokyo. With Arysta LifeScience, he then served as marketing and supply chain director in Brazil and head of supply chain for Europe Africa Middle East. Prior to his current position in Japan and Asia, he was based in Pau, France, where he served as regional director for Central and Eastern Europe.

Region Head
Africa, ME and ANZ

Mr. Marcel Dreyer is the Regional Head of Africa, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand (AMEANZ). In the past, he has handled multiple leadership roles in Hyper Agrochemical Pvt ltd, Tsunami Plant Protection Pvt Ltd as Technical and Marketing Director.

Region Head
LATAM

Mr. Jagdish Nainwal is the Regional Head of LATAM. Prior to managing LATAM, Jagdish was leading Mexico business as its Country Manager. He started his 2nd journey in UPL in the year 2014 in the Global Marketing team as a Global Portfolio Lead - Insecticides. He comes with more than 18 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and P&L management. He has strong functional and business understanding which has been built through diverse roles that he has managed in UPL and externally.

Prior to joining UPL, Jagdish has worked in different multi-national companies in the Agri-inputs industry such as BASF & Pioneer Hi-Bred international (A DuPont Company).

Region Head
Europe North

Mr. Jeroen Voorbraak is the interim head Europe North

Jeroen started his career in the Agro Chemicals industry in 2005 at Dutch based production company AgriChem, which was acquired by UPL in 2012. At AgriChem Jeroen worked in both the commercial as well as the production side of the business.

Since 2012 Jeroen has successfully grown UPL’s business in various European countries and has recently managed the subregion of Northwest Europe.

Leadership Team

Mr. Jaidev Shroff

Global CEO of the Group

Mr. Jai Shroff is the Global CEO of UPL Limited. He is a well-recognized global leader in the Chemical & Agri-Inputs industry with over 30 years experience in India and internationally.

UPL group is focused on strengthening the food security in over 130 countries by offering world class technologies and solutions for sustainable agriculture production. Under Jai's leadership, UPL has been one of the fastest growing agri-input companies in the world with strong presence in the Seeds, Plant Nutrition, Crop Protection and Post Harvest, +Biologicals food preservation value chains. He has driven the transformation of UPL from a largely domestic player to a truly global Indian multinational organization.

Jai believes in the power of collaboration and inter-sectoral partnerships. He is actively involved in the global development agenda, including the World Economic Forum's Grow Africa and Grow Asia initiatives, IFPRI's Sustainable Agriculture and Global Food Security Initiative, WBCSD, Chicago Council, IGD and ICAR.

Mr. Vikram Shroff

Director

Mr. Vikram Shroff is part of the leadership team of UPL, he has been passionately driving continuous organizational improvement with his dynamic leadership, sound strategic insights and outstanding people management skills.

Blessed with the ability to look into the minutest details, Vikram has set challenging cross-functional aspirations for the company, leveraging the organizational values towards excellence. He is instrumental in making strategic decisions for the Company, leads many of the functions and has been responsible in the execution of several projects of the group.

A philanthropist to the core, Vikram is leading the war against COVID – 19 with various initiatives.

He is very enthusiastic about the social development projects and the educational endeavours of the Shroff family that benefits more than 5,600 students annually. He believes in spreading the light of knowledge through innovative learning methods and leads a team that constantly strives for the same.

Mr. Rajendra Darak

Group CFO

Mr. Rajendra Darak has been with UPL since the year 1997 and is currently working as the Group CFO. He has been instrumental in proving leadership and guidance to multiple functions within UPL from mergers and acquisitions to strategic developments into new businesses, corporate finance, resources mobilization, both on-shore and off-shore. Rajendra is part of the corporate leadership team which looks after all the Group's growth initiatives.

Mr. Diego Casanello

Global COO - Crop Protection

Diego Lopez Casanello is currently in the role of Global Chief Operating Officer for Crop protection, since UPL acquired Arysta LifeScience in February 2019. Prior to the acquisition, Diego served as Global Chief Executive Officer of Arysta LifeScience since February 2016.

In his tenure as leader of Arysta, he completed the integration of Chemtura Agrosolutions, the Agriphar Group and Arysta LifeScience, and implemented a strategy that focused the business on high growth specialty segments and sustainable technologies, expanding Arysta’s EBITDA margin and doubling the peak sales value potential of its R&D pipeline. Before joining Arysta, Diego spent 24 years in Chemical giant BASF, where he worked in different industries ranging from Agribusiness to Specialty Chemicals, as well as different regions, including Europe, North America, South America and Asia.

Mr. Jai Shroff is the Global CEO of UPL Limited. He is a well-recognized global leader in the Chemical & Agri-Inputs industry with over 30 years experience in India and internationally.

UPL group is focused on strengthening the food security in over 130 countries by offering world class technologies and solutions for sustainable agriculture production. Under Jai's leadership, UPL has been one of the fastest growing agri-input companies in the world with strong presence in the Seeds, Plant Nutrition, Crop Protection and Post Harvest, +Biologicals food preservation value chains. He has driven the transformation of UPL from a largely domestic player to a truly global Indian multinational organization.

Jai believes in the power of collaboration and inter-sectoral partnerships. He is actively involved in the global development agenda, including the World Economic Forum's Grow Africa and Grow Asia initiatives, IFPRI's Sustainable Agriculture and Global Food Security Initiative, WBCSD, Chicago Council, IGD and ICAR.

Mr. Vikram Shroff is part of the leadership team of UPL, he has been passionately driving continuous organizational improvement with his dynamic leadership, sound strategic insights and outstanding people management skills.

Blessed with the ability to look into the minutest details, Vikram has set challenging cross-functional aspirations for the company, leveraging the organizational values towards excellence. He is instrumental in making strategic decisions for the Company, leads many of the functions and has been responsible in the execution of several projects of the group.

A philanthropist to the core, Vikram is leading the war against COVID – 19 with various initiatives.

He is very enthusiastic about the social development projects and the educational endeavours of the Shroff family that benefits more than 5,600 students annually. He believes in spreading the light of knowledge through innovative learning methods and leads a team that constantly strives for the same.

Diego Lopez Casanello is currently in the role of Global Chief Operating Officer for Crop protection, since UPL acquired Arysta LifeScience in February 2019. Prior to the acquisition, Diego served as Global Chief Executive Officer of Arysta LifeScience since February 2016.

In his tenure as leader of Arysta, he completed the integration of Chemtura Agrosolutions, the Agriphar Group and Arysta LifeScience, and implemented a strategy that focused the business on high growth specialty segments and sustainable technologies, expanding Arysta’s EBITDA margin and doubling the peak sales value potential of its R&D pipeline. Before joining Arysta, Diego spent 24 years in Chemical giant BASF, where he worked in different industries ranging from Agribusiness to Specialty Chemicals, as well as different regions, including Europe, North America, South America and Asia.

Mr. Rajendra Darak has been with UPL since the year 1997 and is currently working as the Group CFO. He has been instrumental in proving leadership and guidance to multiple functions within UPL from mergers and acquisitions to strategic developments into new businesses, corporate finance, resources mobilization, both on-shore and off-shore. Rajendra is part of the corporate leadership team which looks after all the Group's growth initiatives.

Mr. Sanjay Singh

Global CHRO

Mr. Sanjay Singh joined UPL as the Global Chief Human Resource Officer in September, 2018. Sanjay began his career in Civil Services of India, where he served the Indian Railways for 10 years. His foray into the private sector took him to Dr. Reddy's where he handled multiple global assignments in Russia & Europe. He then moved to Tata Motors as Head of HR for the commercial vehicle division including international operations. In his last assignment with Crompton Greaves he was designated as Executive VP & Global Head - Human Resources and was a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Anand Vora

Global CFO

Mr. Anand Vora joined UPL as Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He joined UPL from Bunge India, where he worked in senior finance roles both within India and internationally. He brings in more than 31 years of experience.

Previously, he has held several leadership positions in finance with companies such as Dow Chemicals, Ranbaxy and Piramal Group.

Mr. Raj Tiwari

Global Head of Supply Chain & Manufacturing

Mr. Raj Tiwari has been with UPL since 2011. He started in the role of Global leader for Manufacturing Projects & Lead for Indirect Procurement. Raj has been a part of the Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing leadership team at UPL. He has been known for successfully leading large turnkey projects that enabled UPL for meeting its growth objectives. Raj managed the role of Head - Technical Manufacturing for India for a year before he took on the role of Global Head - Supply Chain Management.

Mr. Carlos Pellicer

Global COO – Strategy, Innovation & Integration

Mr. Carlos Pellicer is currently in the role of COO Global Strategy and Innovation and Special Growth Initiatives. He works closely with marketing, R&D and strategic alliances to drive strategic growth initiatives for UPL. Decco and Sinagro Brasil are also lead by Carlos.

He became part of UPL as the CEO for its business in Brazil in the year 2011, through the acquisition of DVA in Brazil. In 2017, he moved to the role of COO – Global Strategy, Innovation and NPD and focused on defining the long-term strategy roadmap for the Crop protection business along with managing the business responsibilities for Decco and Sinagro. With the acquisition of Arysta, he become Global Integration leader and transformed UPL in a Purpose Led company.

Mr. Sanjay Singh joined UPL as the Global Chief Human Resource Officer in September, 2018. Sanjay began his career in Civil Services of India, where he served the Indian Railways for 10 years. His foray into the private sector took him to Dr. Reddy's where he handled multiple global assignments in Russia & Europe. He then moved to Tata Motors as Head of HR for the commercial vehicle division including international operations. In his last assignment with Crompton Greaves he was designated as Executive VP & Global Head - Human Resources and was a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Anand Vora joined UPL as Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He joined UPL from Bunge India, where he worked in senior finance roles both within India and internationally. He brings in more than 31 years of experience.

Previously, he has held several leadership positions in finance with companies such as Dow Chemicals, Ranbaxy and Piramal Group.

Mr. Raj Tiwari has been with UPL since 2011. He started in the role of Global leader for Manufacturing Projects & Lead for Indirect Procurement. Raj has been a part of the Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing leadership team at UPL. He has been known for successfully leading large turnkey projects that enabled UPL for meeting its growth objectives. Raj managed the role of Head - Technical Manufacturing for India for a year before he took on the role of Global Head - Supply Chain Management.

Mr. Carlos Pellicer is currently in the role of COO Global Strategy and Innovation and Special Growth Initiatives. He works closely with marketing, R&D and strategic alliances to drive strategic growth initiatives for UPL. Decco and Sinagro Brasil are also lead by Carlos.

He became part of UPL as the CEO for its business in Brazil in the year 2011, through the acquisition of DVA in Brazil. In 2017, he moved to the role of COO – Global Strategy, Innovation and NPD and focused on defining the long-term strategy roadmap for the Crop protection business along with managing the business responsibilities for Decco and Sinagro. With the acquisition of Arysta, he become Global Integration leader and transformed UPL in a Purpose Led company.

Mr. Farokh N. Hilloo

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Global Head of Post-Patent Solutions

Farokh Hilloo joined UPL in the year 1991 and has held several key leadership positions for UPL. His last assignment was Vice President - International Business and was in charge of Rest of the World which at that time accounted for 17% of the total global business.

In 2010, he took up the role of Global Sales Director and was responsible for sales and profitability of the entire business. He also played an active role in marketing, regulatory affairs, new product development and strategic sourcing.

He is currently the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and head of Post Patent Solutions.

Farokh Hilloo joined UPL in the year 1991 and has held several key leadership positions for UPL. His last assignment was Vice President - International Business and was in charge of Rest of the World which at that time accounted for 17% of the total global business.

In 2010, he took up the role of Global Sales Director and was responsible for sales and profitability of the entire business. He also played an active role in marketing, regulatory affairs, new product development and strategic sourcing.

He is currently the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and head of Post Patent Solutions.

Key Global Executives

Mr. Paresh Talati

Global Head of Chemistry R&D

Mr. Paresh Talati, Global Head – Chemistry R&D, joined UPL in 1994. He has been instrumental in creating a strong business focused R&D organization that has contributed immensely towards UPL's growth objectives.

Paresh has over 37 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and agri-inputs industry.

Mr. Bhupen Dubey

COO - Seeds

Mr. Bhupen Dubey, COO – Seeds has been with the UPL Group for 15 years, where he has had a dynamic career moving from a regional role in India to Regional Business lead for India, before moving into role of Chief Executive Officer -Seeds business in 2016. Bhupen has played a key role in managing and integrating companies within the UPL group such as Advanta/ UPL, Golden Seeds and Unicorn. He has been driving essential integrations to bring profitable and sustainable growth for the UPL business.

Mr. K. R. Srivastava

COO - Speciality Chemicals

K.R. Srivastava (KRS), COO - Speciality Chemicals, joined UPL in 1999. He has held several senior leadership positions in the UPL Crop Protection business. KRS played an instrumental role in the scale up of our manufacturing footprint, Operational excellence through projects in his role as the leader for the Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing organization, In 2016, KRS took up the opportunity to develop the Specialty Chemicals business at a global level as the CEO- Specialty Chemicals for UPL.

Mr. Rohit Kumar

Global General Counsel

Mr. Rohit Kumar joined UPL in 2010. He is the Global General Counsel of UPL Group where he leads a team of close to 40 in-house lawyers overseeing all aspects of legal work relating to the group. Rohit brings over 18 year experience dealing with mergers, acquisitions, advising the company on strategic disputes and other legal law issues affecting the group globally. Prior to UPL, Rohit has worked as a commercial lawyer for Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in Melbourne, Australia and J. Sagar Associates (JSA) in New Delhi, India.

Mr. Paresh Talati, Global Head – Chemistry R&D, joined UPL in 1994. He has been instrumental in creating a strong business focused R&D organization that has contributed immensely towards UPL's growth objectives.

Paresh has over 37 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and agri-inputs industry.

Mr. Bhupen Dubey, COO – Seeds has been with the UPL Group for 15 years, where he has had a dynamic career moving from a regional role in India to Regional Business lead for India, before moving into role of Chief Executive Officer -Seeds business in 2016. Bhupen has played a key role in managing and integrating companies within the UPL group such as Advanta/ UPL, Golden Seeds and Unicorn. He has been driving essential integrations to bring profitable and sustainable growth for the UPL business.

K.R. Srivastava (KRS), COO - Speciality Chemicals, joined UPL in 1999. He has held several senior leadership positions in the UPL Crop Protection business. KRS played an instrumental role in the scale up of our manufacturing footprint, Operational excellence through projects in his role as the leader for the Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing organization, In 2016, KRS took up the opportunity to develop the Specialty Chemicals business at a global level as the CEO- Specialty Chemicals for UPL.

Mr. Rohit Kumar joined UPL in 2010. He is the Global General Counsel of UPL Group where he leads a team of close to 40 in-house lawyers overseeing all aspects of legal work relating to the group. Rohit brings over 18 year experience dealing with mergers, acquisitions, advising the company on strategic disputes and other legal law issues affecting the group globally. Prior to UPL, Rohit has worked as a commercial lawyer for Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in Melbourne, Australia and J. Sagar Associates (JSA) in New Delhi, India.

Mr. Sagar Kaushik

Global Head Corporate Affairs

Mr. Sagar Kaushik is currently in the role of Global Head – Corporate Affairs. He joined UPL in 2011, as the COO- UPL Crop Protection business. He successfully led the business teams to develop new products, technologies and expand the UPL footprint in multiple new markets. In 2017, Sagar moved into a new role of Global Head - Corporate Affairs.

Prior to joining UPL, Sagar brings with him more than 30 years of experience in several leadership positions with Aventis Corp Science, Bayer Crop Science in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Germany & India. His last assignment was in Germany as the Head of Crop Management for Bayer.

Adrian Percy

Chief Technology Officer

Adrian Percy, with more than 25 years of experience in the agricultural industry, is an advocate of the need for and benefits of modern agriculture. He is also a strong proponent of the development and adoption of new agricultural and food technologies that support global food security while conserving the environment.

Adrian currently serves as the CTO of UPL Ltd, a major crop protection company that is a leader in global food systems. He also serves as a Venture Partner at Finistere Ventures LLC, a technology and life sciences venture capital investor, focused on transforming the food value chain.

Previously, Adrian served as the head of research and development for the Crop Science division of Bayer as part of their executive committee. In this role, he had responsibility for internal and open innovation activities in the areas of crop protection chemistry and biologicals, as well as seeds and traits. During his 16-year tenure at Bayer, he also led crop protection development activities for Bayer in North America and regulatory affairs activities across the entire division of Crop Science.

A global ag advocate, he has held numerous positions in the research and development departments of Rhone Poulenc, Aventis CropScience and Bayer in France, Germany and the United States.

Adrian serves on the board of directors of BioLumic, HiFidelity Genetics, Biotalys and Evogene. He is also a member of the science and technology boards of Terramera, Biotalys and Rothamsted Research.

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Adrian earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology at the University of Liverpool, as well as a master’s degree in toxicology and a doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Birmingham. He now resides in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, USA.

Mr. Vicente Gongora

Global Head - Differentiated & Sustainable Solutions

Mr. Vicente Gongora is Global Head of Differentiated & Sustainable Solutions where he leads focused efforts to grow our business of novel crop protection AIs, innovative formulations, biosolutions, soil and seed health, and digital farming services. Prior to this role, he held the position of Regional Head of North America where he developed strategic plans to advance the company's corporate identity in the US market and drive profitable growth.

His experience also includes leadership of Marketing, R&D and Regulatory for UPL, Brazil. He has solid experience in developing new concepts and campaigns, coupled with strong technical expertise and teamwork ability.

Vicente joined UPL in 2011 through the integration of DVA in Brazil and has more than 35 years of experience leading businesses in the Agrochemical industry. He has worked in critical roles for FMC in Brazil and South America & Cyanamid in Brazil and Paraguay.

Mr. Paula Pinto

Global Head – Business & Marketing Excellence

Mr. Paula Pinto is Global Head of Business & Marketing Excellence driving cross-company strategic initiatives, global marketing communication efforts, market intelligence, business analytics and the implementation of agile processes and support tools across the organization. Prior to this role, she lead Global Strategic Alliances and B2B and co-lead the integration efforts following the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience by UPL.

Paula joined Arysta LifeScience in 2010 as Head of Global Marketing. She was appointed Head of Integration for Arysta LifeScience in August 2018. Prior to this appointment, she recently held the positions of Vice President of Global Procurement and Third Party Relations and Vice President of Global Portfolio Management.

Previously, Paula had a career in the specialty chemicals sector spanning 21 years in Momentive and its predecessor companies—including Union Carbide, OSi Specialties Corporation, and GE Silicones. In Momentive and predecessor companies, she filled a range of senior roles of increasing responsibility in operations, business management, and marketing. Originally from Brazil and also a US Citizen, Paula has lived in multiple world regions and is fluent in four languages.

Mr. Sagar Kaushik is currently in the role of Global Head – Corporate Affairs. He joined UPL in 2011, as the COO- UPL Crop Protection business. He successfully led the business teams to develop new products, technologies and expand the UPL footprint in multiple new markets. In 2017, Sagar moved into a new role of Global Head - Corporate Affairs.

Prior to joining UPL, Sagar brings with him more than 30 years of experience in several leadership positions with Aventis Corp Science, Bayer Crop Science in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Germany & India. His last assignment was in Germany as the Head of Crop Management for Bayer.

Adrian Percy, with more than 25 years of experience in the agricultural industry, is an advocate of the need for and benefits of modern agriculture. He is also a strong proponent of the development and adoption of new agricultural and food technologies that support global food security while conserving the environment.

Adrian currently serves as the CTO of UPL Ltd, a major crop protection company that is a leader in global food systems. He also serves as a Venture Partner at Finistere Ventures LLC, a technology and life sciences venture capital investor, focused on transforming the food value chain.

Previously, Adrian served as the head of research and development for the Crop Science division of Bayer as part of their executive committee. In this role, he had responsibility for internal and open innovation activities in the areas of crop protection chemistry and biologicals, as well as seeds and traits. During his 16-year tenure at Bayer, he also led crop protection development activities for Bayer in North America and regulatory affairs activities across the entire division of Crop Science.

A global ag advocate, he has held numerous positions in the research and development departments of Rhone Poulenc, Aventis CropScience and Bayer in France, Germany and the United States.

Adrian serves on the board of directors of BioLumic, HiFidelity Genetics, Biotalys and Evogene. He is also a member of the science and technology boards of Terramera, Biotalys and Rothamsted Research.

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Adrian earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology at the University of Liverpool, as well as a master’s degree in toxicology and a doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Birmingham. He now resides in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, USA.

Mr. Vicente Gongora is Global Head of Differentiated & Sustainable Solutions where he leads focused efforts to grow our business of novel crop protection AIs, innovative formulations, biosolutions, soil and seed health, and digital farming services. Prior to this role, he held the position of Regional Head of North America where he developed strategic plans to advance the company's corporate identity in the US market and drive profitable growth.

His experience also includes leadership of Marketing, R&D and Regulatory for UPL, Brazil. He has solid experience in developing new concepts and campaigns, coupled with strong technical expertise and teamwork ability.

Vicente joined UPL in 2011 through the integration of DVA in Brazil and has more than 35 years of experience leading businesses in the Agrochemical industry. He has worked in critical roles for FMC in Brazil and South America & Cyanamid in Brazil and Paraguay.

Mrs. Paula Pinto is Global Head of Business & Marketing Excellence driving cross-company strategic initiatives, global marketing communication efforts, market intelligence, business analytics and the implementation of agile processes and support tools across the organization. Prior to this role, she lead Global Strategic Alliances and B2B and co-lead the integration efforts following the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience by UPL.

Paula joined Arysta LifeScience in 2010 as Head of Global Marketing. She was appointed Head of Integration for Arysta LifeScience in August 2018. Prior to this appointment, she recently held the positions of Vice President of Global Procurement and Third Party Relations and Vice President of Global Portfolio Management.

Previously, Paula had a career in the specialty chemicals sector spanning 21 years in Momentive and its predecessor companies—including Union Carbide, OSi Specialties Corporation, and GE Silicones. In Momentive and predecessor companies, she filled a range of senior roles of increasing responsibility in operations, business management, and marketing. Originally from Brazil and also a US Citizen, Paula has lived in multiple world regions and is fluent in four languages.

Regional Leaders

Mr. Fabio Torretta

Region Head
Brazil

Mr. Fabio Torretta is currently the Regional Head of Brazil. Fabio brings more than 35 years of experience in Agri-inputs industry including Crop Protection, Animal Nutrition and Fertilizer. Fabio has achieved superior results in multiple markets by building high performance teams and flawless execution of the Strategy plan.

Prior to his current role, Fabio led Arysta’s business in Southern Africa and post that he moved to LATAM as Regional Busines Head in 2015. Prior to working with UPL, Fabio has managed leadership roles in Sales and Marketing with companies in Agri-inputs industry like Socil Evialis Animal Nutrition and Fersol Ind. E Comercio S/A.

Mr. Craig Brekkas

Region Head
North America

Mr. Craig Brekkas is currently the Regional Head of North America. Craig grew up on a grain farm in Western Canada and brings more than 25 years of experience in the agriculture industry both in the US and Canadian markets where he has held multiple Sales, Marketing and Regional Leadership roles with increasing responsibility. Prior to his current position, Craig was Head of Canada where he lead the Sales, Marketing, R&D, and commercial strategy for the business. Craig joined UPL in 2019 through the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience.

Region Head
Europe South

Mr. Felix Lorente is the Region Head - Europe South. Felix has more than 23 years of experience in Agribusiness working for Multinational Companies in country management, commercial policies planning and operations control in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Middle East.

Region Head
India

Mr. Sameer Tandon joined UPL in 2016 as the Regional Head of India. He leads UPL's business teams for Crop Protection, AFS ( Adarsh Farm Services ) in India.

Sameer brings with him an experience of over 26 years in handling a wide variety of businesses with both B2B & B2C business models. He has worked in leadership positions for diverse industries including FMCG, Automotive, Consumer Durables and Agri-inputs handling strategic functions along with P&L responsibilities. Prior to joining UPL, Sameer has worked with organizations such as Castrol, Monsanto India Ltd, Escorts Agri-Machinery etc.

Mr. Sameer Tandon joined UPL in 2016 as the Regional Head of India. He leads UPL's business teams for Crop Protection, AFS ( Adarsh Farm Services ) in India.

Sameer brings with him an experience of over 26 years in handling a wide variety of businesses with both B2B & B2C business models. He has worked in leadership positions for diverse industries including FMCG, Automotive, Consumer Durables and Agri-inputs handling strategic functions along with P&L responsibilities. Prior to joining UPL, Sameer has worked with organizations such as Castrol, Monsanto India Ltd, Escorts Agri-Machinery etc.

Mr. Fabio Torretta is currently the Regional Head of Brazil. Fabio brings more than 35 years of experience in Agri-inputs industry including Crop Protection, Animal Nutrition and Fertilizer. Fabio has achieved superior results in multiple markets by building high performance teams and flawless execution of the Strategy plan. Prior to his current role, Fabio led Arysta’s business in Southern Africa and post that he moved to LATAM as Regional Busines Head in 2015.

Prior to working with UPL, Fabio has managed leadership roles in Sales and Marketing with companies in Agri-inputs industry like Socil Evialis Animal Nutrition and Fersol Ind. E Comercio S/A.

Mr. Craig Brekkas is currently the Regional Head of North America. Craig grew up on a grain farm in Western Canada and brings more than 25 years of experience in the agriculture industry both in the US and Canadian markets where he has held multiple Sales, Marketing and Regional Leadership roles with increasing responsibility. Prior to his current position, Craig was Head of Canada where he lead the Sales, Marketing, R&D, and commercial strategy for the business. Craig joined UPL in 2019 through the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience.

Mr. Felix Lorente is the Region Head - Europe South. Felix has more than 23 years of experience in Agribusiness working for Multinational Companies in country management, commercial policies planning and operations control in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Middle East.

Mr. Hisaya Kobayashi

Region Head
Asia

Mr. Hisaya Kobayashi is the Regional Head of Asia. He was with Arysta LifeScience and one of Arysta's predecessor companies, Tomen Corporation, since 1991.

Kobayashi's international career began in corporate planning and sales to Latin America and Southeast Asia for Tomen Corporation, Tokyo. With Arysta LifeScience, he then served as marketing and supply chain director in Brazil and head of supply chain for Europe Africa Middle East. Prior to his current position in Japan and Asia, he was based in Pau, France, where he served as regional director for Central and Eastern Europe.

Region Head
Africa, ME and ANZ

Mr. Marcel Dreyer is the Regional Head of Africa, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand (AMEANZ). In the past, he has handled multiple leadership roles in Hyper Agrochemical Pvt ltd, Tsunami Plant Protection Pvt Ltd as Technical and Marketing Director.

Region Head
LATAM

Mr. Jagdish Nainwal is the Regional Head of LATAM. Prior to managing LATAM, Jagdish was leading Mexico business as its Country Manager. He started his 2nd journey in UPL in the year 2014 in the Global Marketing team as a Global Portfolio Lead - Insecticides. He comes with more than 18 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and P&L management. He has strong functional and business understanding which has been built through diverse roles that he has managed in UPL and externally.

Prior to joining UPL, Jagdish has worked in different multi-national companies in the Agri-inputs industry such as BASF & Pioneer Hi-Bred international (A DuPont Company).

Region Head
Europe North

Mr. Jeroen Voorbraak is the interim head Europe North

Jeroen started his career in the Agro Chemicals industry in 2005 at Dutch based production company AgriChem, which was acquired by UPL in 2012. At AgriChem Jeroen worked in both the commercial as well as the production side of the business.

Since 2012 Jeroen has successfully grown UPL’s business in various European countries and has recently managed the subregion of Northwest Europe.

Mr. Hisaya Kobayashi is the Regional Head of Asia. He was with Arysta LifeScience and one of Arysta's predecessor companies, Tomen Corporation, since 1991.

Kobayashi's international career began in corporate planning and sales to Latin America and Southeast Asia for Tomen Corporation, Tokyo. With Arysta LifeScience, he then served as marketing and supply chain director in Brazil and head of supply chain for Europe Africa Middle East. Prior to his current position in Japan and Asia, he was based in Pau, France, where he served as regional director for Central and Eastern Europe.

Mr. Marcel Dreyer is the Regional Head of Africa, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand (AMEANZ). In the past, he has handled multiple leadership roles in Hyper Agrochemical Pvt ltd, Tsunami Plant Protection Pvt Ltd as Technical and Marketing Director.

Mr. Jagdish Nainwal is the Regional Head of LATAM. Prior to managing LATAM, Jagdish was leading Mexico business as its Country Manager. He started his 2nd journey in UPL in the year 2014 in the Global Marketing team as a Global Portfolio Lead - Insecticides. He comes with more than 18 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and P&L management. He has strong functional and business understanding which has been built through diverse roles that he has managed in UPL and externally.

Prior to joining UPL, Jagdish has worked in different multi-national companies in the Agri-inputs industry such as BASF & Pioneer Hi-Bred international (A DuPont Company).

Mr. Jeroen Voorbraak is the interim head Europe North

Jeroen started his career in the Agro Chemicals industry in 2005 at Dutch based production company AgriChem, which was acquired by UPL in 2012. At AgriChem Jeroen worked in both the commercial as well as the production side of the business.

Since 2012 Jeroen has successfully grown UPL’s business in various European countries and has recently managed the subregion of Northwest Europe.

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