Haryana son appointed as Managing Director of Syngenta India
Haryana/Karnal March 07.2022: Mr. Susheel Kumar has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Syngenta India Pvt Ltd. His journey from a rural background as a young boy from Haryana to rising to head the Operations of a leading agricultural multi-national company based in Switzerland at a mere 41-years of age is no less than an inspiring story to any young Indian aspiring to scale the heights of success. Born in Karnal district of Haryana (India), Susheel has grown up in a farming family, and remains committed to adding value to the farmers and rural communities of Haryana and Punjab by helping them build more resilient food, feed and fuel systems; in ever more sustainable ways.
Having grown up in a rural setup among family of farmers, Susheel brings to this role a deep understanding of rural communities along with profound knowledge of the Indian market, insights of farmers' behavior and close relationships within the community. Having gone to attend government schools in Babain and Ladwa – small towns in Kurukshetra district, Susheel went on to do a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences from Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University in Hisar after which he pursued his MBA ambitions in Agribusiness Management from Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune in Maharashtra.
The son of Haryana, Mr. Kumar takes over the charge from Mr. Rafael Del Rio who served as the Managing Director for the past four years.
Reacting on his appointment, Mr. Kumar said, “I am delighted to be entrusted with the challenging task of leading the operations at Syngenta India at a time when various State Governments has announced a slew of ambitious programs for the welfare of the farming community. As India embarks on an ambitious plan for accelerated growth, there are enormous opportunities for Syngenta to align with the country’s need for food sustainability, technology and innovation to take Indian Agriculture on to a higher growth trajectory. India has always offered immense possibilities and I will continue to strengthen Syngenta’s rich tradition of partnering with our stakeholders, most importantly farmers, in addressing their needs through innovative products and solutions. Haryana and Punjab has always played a key role in Indian agriculture and I am happy to be back again to my roots."
Mr Rafael Del Rio, said, “I have had significant stint in India and the last four years have been immensely satisfying serving millions of farmers to enhance their productivity and profitability. I am sure Susheel with his rich knowledge and expertise will make the India operations stronger and the farmers will continue to benefit from Syngenta’s unique products and solutions. His leadership and decades of valuable expertise having led cross functional teams across diverse geographies in multiple roles will help in driving India business as well as making available latest technologies for the benefit of Indian farming communities.”
Mr. Kumar has had a long and distinguished career in India leading the sales organization for Central, West and North including Nepal. Having grown up in a farming community, Mr. Kumar brings to this role a deep understanding of rural communities along with profound knowledge of the Indian market, insights to farmer behavior and close customer relationships. He recently completed an international assignment in Basel, Switzerland, where he worked on global strategic as well as projects for Commercial Excellence.
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