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.
Vicente Gongora is the UPL CTO, he had been the CMO in past and has been part of UPL journey for more than 10 years
In his previous role as Global Head of Differentiated & Sustainable Solutions where he lead 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.
Vijay Balakrishnan is the Chief Data & Analytics Officer of the UPL Group, who joined us in September 2022. He is a digital transformation leader, public speaker and a technology enthusiast. He will create a Digital & Analytics function within UPL that develops into a long-term digital strategy, in partnership with all the CxOs in the organisation.
He started his career at Oracle, later got his MBA in Finance and joined General Electric Digital leadership program in 2008. At General Electric, he took up various leadership roles in Analytics and Digital transformation across a decade. In 2019, he joined the Michelin Group as the Global Chief Data officer, where he was responsible for Data strategy and monetization.
Vijay believes in instituting a continuous learning culture across the organization and practices the same through the power of small habits by learning a new technology every quarter. His expertise extends across Digital transformation, enterprise D&A strategy, inclusive Governance framework, future-ready Platforms, value-focused Analytics programs and an inclusive Digital culture that translates into a continuous and long-term Technology/Data monetization focus for the organization. He believes in leveraging data as a critical asset, thereby enabling data-driven decisions across functions, evolving into a potential Digital P&L.
Ezio was CEO- Crop Care Holdings at Patria Investments in Brazil. Prior to joining Patria, Ezio managed key leadership roles in our SCM organization. In his last role at UPL, he was the Global Head of Formulations Supply Chain and Operations. A multi-faceted leader who worked in manufacturing, supply chain, in AGRO SB and Syngenta, he brings strong expertise in managing business globally with a stint in Hong Kong with Rotam.
Ezio is refining the Global NPP growth strategy, reviewing our Bio-Solutions portfolio and R&D strategy, go-to market approach in key business regions to create a strong business plan in partnership with the regions.