J. Erik Fyrwald

Board Member at Eli Lilly

J. Erik Fyrwald joined Syngenta in June 2016 as president and chief executive officer. He was elected to the Eli Lilly and Company board of directors in 2005.

Fyrwald served as chief executive officer of Univar from May 2012 until May 2016. In 2008, following a 27-year career at DuPont, he joined Nalco Company, serving as chairman and chief executive officer until 2011, when Nalco merged with Ecolab Inc. Following the merger, Fyrwald served as president of Ecolab.

From 2003 to 2008, Fyrwald served as group vice president of the agriculture and nutrition division at E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. From 2000 until 2003, he was vice president and general manager of DuPont’s nutrition and health business.

Fyrwald attended the University of Delaware, where he received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1981. He also completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School.

Fyrwald serves on the boards of directors of Syngenta, Bunge Limited, CropLife International, the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and the UN World Food Program Farm to Market Initiative.


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