This excerpt taken from the SYT 20-F filed Mar 16, 2005.
Jeffrey Beard resigned from the Executive Committee at the end of December 2004. Jeffrey Beard was Chief Operating Officer of Syngenta Seeds from 2000 to 2004. Previously Jeffrey Beard was Head of the Business Area Corn for Novartis Seeds (1999-2000). With effect from January 1, 2005, Michael Mack was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Syngenta Seeds and a member of the Syngenta Executive Committee.