This excerpt taken from the SYT 6-K filed Sep 2, 2005.
Martin Taylor: additional information
Martin Taylor's career has spanned the worlds of finance, industry, public policy and journalism.
After studying Chinese at Oxford University he worked for Reuters in Paris, Frankfurt and London, before moving to the Financial Times where he wrote for the Lex column.
In 1982, at the age of 30, he went to work for Courtaulds plc, becoming responsible for the textile division in 1987. This business was spun off as Courtaulds Textiles plc in 1990 with Martin as its Chief Executive. At the end of 1993 he became CEO of Barclays plc and served there for five years.
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Since 1999 he has been an adviser to Goldman Sachs International, where he chairs the asset management company and the audit and compliance committee. He has held non-executive posts at the British retailer WHSmith plc (Chairman, 1999-2003), the Luxembourg-based media company RTL Group sa, where he is currently Vice Chairman, and the US biotech company Antigenics Inc. He chairs the pension trust at WHSmith.
He has advised the British Government on a number of financial policy issues, and was for five years a member of its Council for Science and Technology. He was also Chairman of the Commission set up by the UK Institute of Public Policy Research on public/private partnerships.
Martin Taylor has two daughters in their twenties and a four-year-old son. He travels enthusiastically and is interested in art, language, music, literature and architecture.
He speaks French, German and Italian in addition to English, his mother tongue.
Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2004 were approximately $7.3 billion. Syngenta employs some 20,000 people in over 90 countries. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SYNN) and in New York (SYT). Further information is available at www.syngenta.com.
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.