Global Leadership

Leadership Team

 Jaidev Shroff  Jaidev Shroff

Global CEO of the Group

Jai Shroff is the Global CEO of UPL Limited. He is a well-recognized global leader in the Chemical & Agri-Inputs industry with over 30 years experience in India and internationally.

UPL group is focused on strengthening the food security in over 130 countries by offering world class technologies and solutions for sustainable agriculture production. Under Jai's leadership, UPL has been one of the fastest growing agri-input companies in the world with strong presence in the Seeds, Plant Nutrition, Crop Protection and Post Harvest, +Biologicals food preservation value chains. He has driven the transformation of UPL from a largely domestic player to a truly global Indian multinational organization.

Jai believes in the power of collaboration and inter-sectoral partnerships. He is actively involved in the global development agenda, including the World Economic Forum's Grow Africa and Grow Asia initiatives, IFPRI's Sustainable Agriculture and Global Food Security Initiative, WBCSD, Chicago Council, IGD and ICAR.

 Vikram Shroff  Vikram Shroff

Director

Vikram Shroff is part of the leadership team of UPL, he has been passionately driving continuous organizational improvement with his dynamic leadership, sound strategic insights and outstanding people management skills.

Blessed with the ability to look into the minutest details, Vikram has set challenging cross-functional aspirations for the company, leveraging the organizational values towards excellence. He is instrumental in making strategic decisions for the Company, leads many of the functions and has been responsible in the execution of several projects of the group.

A philanthropist to the core, Vikram is leading the war against COVID – 19 with various initiatives.

He is very enthusiastic about the social development projects and the educational endeavours of the Shroff family that benefits more than 5,600 students annually. He believes in spreading the light of knowledge through innovative learning methods and leads a team that constantly strives for the same.

 Rajendra Darak  Rajendra Darak

Group CFO

Rajendra Darak has been with UPL since the year 1997 and is currently working as the Group CFO. He has been instrumental in proving leadership and guidance to multiple functions within UPL from mergers and acquisitions to strategic developments into new businesses, corporate finance, resources mobilization, both on-shore and off-shore. Rajendra is part of the corporate leadership team which looks after all the Group's growth initiatives.

 Carlos Pellicer  Carlos Pellicer

Global COO

Carlos Pellicer is currently in the role of Global Chief Operating Officer. He became part of UPL as the CEO for its business in Brazil in the year 2011, through the acquisition of DVA in Brazil. In 2017, he moved to the role of COO – Global Strategy, Innovation and NPD and focused on defining the long-term strategy roadmap for the Crop protection business along with managing the business responsibilities for Decco and Sinagro. With the acquisition of Arysta, he become Global Integration leader and transformed UPL in a Purpose Led company, in his past role as Global COO – Strategy, Innovation & Integration he worked closely with marketing, R&D and strategic alliances to drive strategic growth initiatives for UPL. Decco and Sinagro Brasil are also lead by Carlos.

 Sanjay Singh  Sanjay Singh

Global CHRO

Sanjay Singh joined UPL as the Global Chief Human Resource Officer in September, 2018. Sanjay began his career in Civil Services of India, where he served the Indian Railways for 10 years. His foray into the private sector took him to Reddy's where he handled multiple global assignments in Russia & Europe. He then moved to Tata Motors as Head of HR for the commercial vehicle division including international operations. In his last assignment with Crompton Greaves he was designated as Executive VP & Global Head - Human Resources and was a member of the Executive Committee.

 Anand Vora  Anand Vora

Global CFO

Anand Vora joined UPL as Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He joined UPL from Bunge India, where he worked in senior finance roles both within India and internationally. He brings in more than 31 years of experience.

Previously, he has held several leadership positions in finance with companies such as Dow Chemicals, Ranbaxy and Piramal Group.

 Raj Tiwari  Raj Tiwari

Global Chief Supply Chain Officer

Raj Tiwari has been with UPL since 2011. He started in the role of Global leader for Manufacturing Projects & Lead for Indirect Procurement. Raj has been a part of the Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing leadership team at UPL. He has been known for successfully leading large turnkey projects that enabled UPL for meeting its growth objectives. Raj managed the role of Head - Technical Manufacturing for India for a year before he took on the role of Global Chief Supply Chain Officer.

 Farokh N. Hilloo  Farokh N. Hilloo

Chief Commercial Officer

Farokh Hilloo joined UPL in the year 1991 and has held several key leadership positions for UPL. His last assignment was Vice President - International Business and was in charge of Rest of the World which at that time accounted for 17% of the total global business.

In 2010, he took up the role of Global Sales Director and was responsible for sales and profitability of the entire business. He also played an active role in marketing, regulatory affairs, new product development and strategic sourcing.

He is currently the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).

Key Global Executives

 Paresh Talati  Paresh Talati

Global Head of Chemistry R&D

Paresh Talati, Global Head – Chemistry R&D, joined UPL in 1994. He has been instrumental in creating a strong business focused R&D organization that has contributed immensely towards UPL's growth objectives.

Paresh has over 37 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and agri-inputs industry.

 Bhupen Dubey  Bhupen Dubey

COO - Seeds

Bhupen Dubey, COO – Seeds has been with the UPL Group for 15 years, where he has had a dynamic career moving from a regional role in India to Regional Business lead for India, before moving into role of Chief Executive Officer -Seeds business in 2016. Bhupen has played a key role in managing and integrating companies within the UPL group such as Advanta/ UPL, Golden Seeds and Unicorn. He has been driving essential integrations to bring profitable and sustainable growth for the UPL business.

 K. R. Srivastava  K. R. Srivastava

COO - Speciality Chemicals

K.R. Srivastava (KRS), COO - Speciality Chemicals, joined UPL in 1999. He has held several senior leadership positions in the UPL Crop Protection business. KRS played an instrumental role in the scale up of our manufacturing footprint, Operational excellence through projects in his role as the leader for the Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing organization, In 2016, KRS took up the opportunity to develop the Specialty Chemicals business at a global level as the CEO- Specialty Chemicals for UPL.

 Rohit Kumar  Rohit Kumar

Global General Counsel

Rohit Kumar joined UPL in 2010. He is the Global General Counsel of UPL Group where he leads a team of close to 40 in-house lawyers overseeing all aspects of legal work relating to the group. Rohit brings over 18 year experience dealing with mergers, acquisitions, advising the company on strategic disputes and other legal law issues affecting the group globally. Prior to UPL, Rohit has worked as a commercial lawyer for Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in Melbourne, Australia and J. Sagar Associates (JSA) in New Delhi, India.

 Sagar Kaushik  Sagar Kaushik

Global Head Corporate Affairs

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 Adrian Percy

Chief Technology Officer

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  Vicente Gongora

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Vicente Gongora is currently the CMO and has been part of UPL journey for more than 10 years

In his past 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.

 Paula Pinto  Paula Pinto

Global Head – Business & Marketing Excellence

Paula Pinto is Global Head of Business & Marketing Excellence driving cross-company strategic initiatives, global marketing communication efforts, market intelligence, business analytics and the implementation of agile processes and support tools across the organization. Prior to this role, she lead Global Strategic Alliances and B2B and co-lead the integration efforts following the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience by UPL.

Paula joined Arysta LifeScience in 2010 as Head of Global Marketing. She was appointed Head of Integration for Arysta LifeScience in August 2018. Prior to this appointment, she recently held the positions of Vice President of Global Procurement and Third Party Relations and Vice President of Global Portfolio Management.

Previously, Paula had a career in the specialty chemicals sector spanning 21 years in Momentive and its predecessor companies—including Union Carbide, OSi Specialties Corporation, and GE Silicones. In Momentive and predecessor companies, she filled a range of senior roles of increasing responsibility in operations, business management, and marketing. Originally from Brazil and also a US Citizen, Paula has lived in multiple world regions and is fluent in four languages.

 Fabio Torretta

Global Head – Sustainable Solutions

Fabio Torretta is currently Global Head of Sustainable Solutions. He held the role of Regional Head of Brazil before moving into the current position. His main focus will be on developing our strategy for Sustainables that includes naturally derived micro interventions to protect crops, improve plant resilience and increase crop yield, impacting the health and sustainability of food systems at macro level. A Sales & Marketing leader with 37 years of experience, who led LATAM and Brazil successfully for the last 6 years, Fabio’s leadership will enable UPL scale up its Sustainable Solutions business to newer heights.

Regional
Leaders

 Craig Brekkas  Craig Brekkas

Region Head
North America

Craig Brekkas is currently the Regional Head of North America. Craig grew up on a grain farm in Western Canada and brings more than 25 years of experience in the agriculture industry both in the US and Canadian markets where he has held multiple Sales, Marketing and Regional Leadership roles with increasing responsibility. Prior to his current position, Craig was Head of Canada where he lead the Sales, Marketing, R&D, and commercial strategy for the business. Craig joined UPL in 2019 through the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience.

Region Head
Europe South

Felix Lorente is the Region Head - Europe South. Felix has more than 23 years of experience in Agribusiness working for Multinational Companies in country management, commercial policies planning and operations control in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Middle East.

Region Head
Australia, South East Asia and New Zealand (ASEANZ)

Sameer Tandon is heading the region of ASEANZ as with influx of new business opportunities and growth potential on key markets of significance.

He is an engineering graduate from National Institute of Technology, Raipur. He has attended several management programs at leading institutions in India and been involved with delivering trainings for practising managers. Sameer has over 25 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in some of the top MNC and Indian corporates including Sumitomo, Castrol (BP), Monsanto and Escorts.

Under his leadership India region attained No. 1 position as the biggest Crop Protection company in the country with a comprehensive increase in profitability. Sameer strategized and implemented the integrated Crop Protection and bio-solutions package branded as ProNutiva bringing sustainability objective to forefront in agriculture along with improving profitability for the farmers.

A People leader in true sense, Sameer has personally coached the key transformation in the mindsets of the teams and enabled building capability of more effective and simultaneously efficiently delivering high growths through various organization wide interventions. Sameer has been a great team leader and inculcated the team spirit in all in his past role as India Region Head.

 Hisaya Kobayashi  Hisaya Kobayashi

Region Head
Asia

Hisaya Kobayashi is the Regional Head of Asia. He was with Arysta LifeScience and one of Arysta's predecessor companies, Tomen Corporation, since 1991.

Kobayashi's international career began in corporate planning and sales to Latin America and Southeast Asia for Tomen Corporation, Tokyo. With Arysta LifeScience, he then served as marketing and supply chain director in Brazil and head of supply chain for Europe Africa Middle East. Prior to his current position in Japan and Asia, he was based in Pau, France, where he served as regional director for Central and Eastern Europe.

Region Head
AME

Marcel Dreyer is the Regional Head of Africa, Middle East

With UPLs expansion and need to have focussed strategies to increase footprint in key new markets Marcel will now be heading this newly formed business region.

In the past, he has handled multiple leadership roles in Hyper Agrochemical Pvt ltd, Tsunami Plant Protection Pvt Ltd as Technical and Marketing Director. With UPL his past role was heading erstwhile business region of Africa Middle East Australia and New Zealand (AMEANZ).

Region Head
LATAM

Jagdish Nainwal is the Regional Head of LATAM. Prior to managing LATAM, Jagdish was leading Mexico business as its Country Manager. He started his 2nd journey in UPL in the year 2014 in the Global Marketing team as a Global Portfolio Lead - Insecticides. He comes with more than 18 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and P&L management. He has strong functional and business understanding which has been built through diverse roles that he has managed in UPL and externally.

Prior to joining UPL, Jagdish has worked in different multi-national companies in the Agri-inputs industry such as BASF & Pioneer Hi-Bred international (A DuPont Company).

Region Head
Europe North

Jeroen Voorbraak is the Regional Head of Europe North.

Jeroen started his career in the Agro Chemicals industry in 2005 at Dutch based production company AgriChem, which was acquired by UPL in 2012. At AgriChem Jeroen worked in both the commercial as well as the production side of the business.

Since 2012 Jeroen has successfully grown UPL’s business in various European countries and has recently managed the subregion of Northwest Europe.

CEO
UPL Brazil

Rogerio Castro is back to UPL as CEO Brazil and is responsible for all UPL businesses in Brazil, including alliances and joint ventures. Rogerio has spent over 30 years in the Agro sector and was associated with UPL from 2011 to 2019 before he moved out as Operating Partner of Agro practice of Patria Investments. Earlier, as Head of UPL’s Brazilian business, he was known for driving aggressive growth with a long-term strategic mindset. This leadership will help to further strengthen our presence in the market.

Rogerio leads UPL business partnerships in Brazil and is a Board Member in Sinagro and Serra Bonita Seeds. The DECCO and Advanta businesses report on a dotted line to him.

Region Head
India

Ashish Dobhal is currently Regional Head of India. Ashish has been part of UPL journey since last 17+ years, he has worked in different countries like Japan, China, Taiwan, Middle East, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh etc. He has taken many challenges upfront and has turned them into success consistently. He is seen as someone who takes up challenging assignments and delivers. With the help of our digital and fintech initiatives, he will be playing a pivotal role in more than doubling our business in India in a short time frame. In past Ashish was Head of UPL Agri Formulation business.

Leadership Team

 Jaidev Shroff  Jaidev Shroff

Global CEO of the Group

Jai Shroff is the Global CEO of UPL Limited. He is a well-recognized global leader in the Chemical & Agri-Inputs industry with over 30 years experience in India and internationally.

UPL group is focused on strengthening the food security in over 130 countries by offering world class technologies and solutions for sustainable agriculture production. Under Jai's leadership, UPL has been one of the fastest growing agri-input companies in the world with strong presence in the Seeds, Plant Nutrition, Crop Protection and Post Harvest, +Biologicals food preservation value chains. He has driven the transformation of UPL from a largely domestic player to a truly global Indian multinational organization.

Jai believes in the power of collaboration and inter-sectoral partnerships. He is actively involved in the global development agenda, including the World Economic Forum's Grow Africa and Grow Asia initiatives, IFPRI's Sustainable Agriculture and Global Food Security Initiative, WBCSD, Chicago Council, IGD and ICAR.

 Vikram Shroff  Vikram Shroff

Director

Vikram Shroff is part of the leadership team of UPL, he has been passionately driving continuous organizational improvement with his dynamic leadership, sound strategic insights and outstanding people management skills.

Blessed with the ability to look into the minutest details, Vikram has set challenging cross-functional aspirations for the company, leveraging the organizational values towards excellence. He is instrumental in making strategic decisions for the Company, leads many of the functions and has been responsible in the execution of several projects of the group.

A philanthropist to the core, Vikram is leading the war against COVID – 19 with various initiatives.

He is very enthusiastic about the social development projects and the educational endeavours of the Shroff family that benefits more than 5,600 students annually. He believes in spreading the light of knowledge through innovative learning methods and leads a team that constantly strives for the same.

 Rajendra Darak  Rajendra Darak

Group CFO

Rajendra Darak has been with UPL since the year 1997 and is currently working as the Group CFO. He has been instrumental in proving leadership and guidance to multiple functions within UPL from mergers and acquisitions to strategic developments into new businesses, corporate finance, resources mobilization, both on-shore and off-shore. Rajendra is part of the corporate leadership team which looks after all the Group's growth initiatives.

 Carlos Pellicer  Carlos Pellicer

Global COO

Carlos Pellicer is currently in the role of Global Chief Operating Officer. He became part of UPL as the CEO for its business in Brazil in the year 2011, through the acquisition of DVA in Brazil. In 2017, he moved to the role of COO – Global Strategy, Innovation and NPD and focused on defining the long-term strategy roadmap for the Crop protection business along with managing the business responsibilities for Decco and Sinagro. With the acquisition of Arysta, he become Global Integration leader and transformed UPL in a Purpose Led company, in his past role as Global COO – Strategy, Innovation & Integration he worked closely with marketing, R&D and strategic alliances to drive strategic growth initiatives for UPL. Decco and Sinagro Brasil are also lead by Carlos.

Jai Shroff is the Global CEO of UPL Limited. He is a well-recognized global leader in the Chemical & Agri-Inputs industry with over 30 years experience in India and internationally.

UPL group is focused on strengthening the food security in over 130 countries by offering world class technologies and solutions for sustainable agriculture production. Under Jai's leadership, UPL has been one of the fastest growing agri-input companies in the world with strong presence in the Seeds, Plant Nutrition, Crop Protection and Post Harvest, +Biologicals food preservation value chains. He has driven the transformation of UPL from a largely domestic player to a truly global Indian multinational organization.

Jai believes in the power of collaboration and inter-sectoral partnerships. He is actively involved in the global development agenda, including the World Economic Forum's Grow Africa and Grow Asia initiatives, IFPRI's Sustainable Agriculture and Global Food Security Initiative, WBCSD, Chicago Council, IGD and ICAR.

Vikram Shroff is part of the leadership team of UPL, he has been passionately driving continuous organizational improvement with his dynamic leadership, sound strategic insights and outstanding people management skills.

Blessed with the ability to look into the minutest details, Vikram has set challenging cross-functional aspirations for the company, leveraging the organizational values towards excellence. He is instrumental in making strategic decisions for the Company, leads many of the functions and has been responsible in the execution of several projects of the group.

A philanthropist to the core, Vikram is leading the war against COVID – 19 with various initiatives.

He is very enthusiastic about the social development projects and the educational endeavours of the Shroff family that benefits more than 5,600 students annually. He believes in spreading the light of knowledge through innovative learning methods and leads a team that constantly strives for the same.

Diego Lopez Casanello is currently in the role of Global Chief Operating Officer for Crop protection, since UPL acquired Arysta LifeScience in February 2019. Prior to the acquisition, Diego served as Global Chief Executive Officer of Arysta LifeScience since February 2016.

In his tenure as leader of Arysta, he completed the integration of Chemtura Agrosolutions, the Agriphar Group and Arysta LifeScience, and implemented a strategy that focused the business on high growth specialty segments and sustainable technologies, expanding Arysta’s EBITDA margin and doubling the peak sales value potential of its R&D pipeline. Before joining Arysta, Diego spent 24 years in Chemical giant BASF, where he worked in different industries ranging from Agribusiness to Specialty Chemicals, as well as different regions, including Europe, North America, South America and Asia.

Rajendra Darak has been with UPL since the year 1997 and is currently working as the Group CFO. He has been instrumental in proving leadership and guidance to multiple functions within UPL from mergers and acquisitions to strategic developments into new businesses, corporate finance, resources mobilization, both on-shore and off-shore. Rajendra is part of the corporate leadership team which looks after all the Group's growth initiatives.

Carlos Pellicer is currently in the role of Global Chief Operating Officer. He became part of UPL as the CEO for its business in Brazil in the year 2011, through the acquisition of DVA in Brazil. In 2017, he moved to the role of COO – Global Strategy, Innovation and NPD and focused on defining the long-term strategy roadmap for the Crop protection business along with managing the business responsibilities for Decco and Sinagro. With the acquisition of Arysta, he become Global Integration leader and transformed UPL in a Purpose Led company, in his past role as Global COO – Strategy, Innovation & Integration he worked closely with marketing, R&D and strategic alliances to drive strategic growth initiatives for UPL. Decco and Sinagro Brasil are also lead by Carlos.

 Sanjay Singh  Sanjay Singh

Global CHRO

Sanjay Singh joined UPL as the Global Chief Human Resource Officer in September, 2018. Sanjay began his career in Civil Services of India, where he served the Indian Railways for 10 years. His foray into the private sector took him to Reddy's where he handled multiple global assignments in Russia & Europe. He then moved to Tata Motors as Head of HR for the commercial vehicle division including international operations. In his last assignment with Crompton Greaves he was designated as Executive VP & Global Head - Human Resources and was a member of the Executive Committee.

 Anand Vora  Anand Vora

Global CFO

Anand Vora joined UPL as Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He joined UPL from Bunge India, where he worked in senior finance roles both within India and internationally. He brings in more than 31 years of experience.

Previously, he has held several leadership positions in finance with companies such as Dow Chemicals, Ranbaxy and Piramal Group.

 Raj Tiwari  Raj Tiwari

Global Chief Supply Chain Officer

Raj Tiwari has been with UPL since 2011. He started in the role of Global leader for Manufacturing Projects & Lead for Indirect Procurement. Raj has been a part of the Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing leadership team at UPL. He has been known for successfully leading large turnkey projects that enabled UPL for meeting its growth objectives. Raj managed the role of Head - Technical Manufacturing for India for a year before he took on the role of Global Chief Supply Chain Officer.

 Farokh N. Hilloo  Farokh N. Hilloo

Chief Commercial Officer

Farokh Hilloo joined UPL in the year 1991 and has held several key leadership positions for UPL. His last assignment was Vice President - International Business and was in charge of Rest of the World which at that time accounted for 17% of the total global business.

In 2010, he took up the role of Global Sales Director and was responsible for sales and profitability of the entire business. He also played an active role in marketing, regulatory affairs, new product development and strategic sourcing.

He is currently the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).

Sanjay Singh joined UPL as the Global Chief Human Resource Officer in September, 2018. Sanjay began his career in Civil Services of India, where he served the Indian Railways for 10 years. His foray into the private sector took him to Reddy's where he handled multiple global assignments in Russia & Europe. He then moved to Tata Motors as Head of HR for the commercial vehicle division including international operations. In his last assignment with Crompton Greaves he was designated as Executive VP & Global Head - Human Resources and was a member of the Executive Committee.

Anand Vora joined UPL as Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He joined UPL from Bunge India, where he worked in senior finance roles both within India and internationally. He brings in more than 31 years of experience.

Previously, he has held several leadership positions in finance with companies such as Dow Chemicals, Ranbaxy and Piramal Group.

Raj Tiwari has been with UPL since 2011. He started in the role of Global leader for Manufacturing Projects & Lead for Indirect Procurement. Raj has been a part of the Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing leadership team at UPL. He has been known for successfully leading large turnkey projects that enabled UPL for meeting its growth objectives. Raj managed the role of Head - Technical Manufacturing for India for a year before he took on the role of Global Chief Supply Chain Officer.

Farokh Hilloo joined UPL in the year 1991 and has held several key leadership positions for UPL. His last assignment was Vice President - International Business and was in charge of Rest of the World which at that time accounted for 17% of the total global business.

In 2010, he took up the role of Global Sales Director and was responsible for sales and profitability of the entire business. He also played an active role in marketing, regulatory affairs, new product development and strategic sourcing.

He is currently the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).

Key Global Executives

 Paresh Talati  Paresh Talati

Global Head of Chemistry R&D

Paresh Talati, Global Head – Chemistry R&D, joined UPL in 1994. He has been instrumental in creating a strong business focused R&D organization that has contributed immensely towards UPL's growth objectives.

Paresh has over 37 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and agri-inputs industry.

 Bhupen Dubey  Bhupen Dubey

COO - Seeds

Bhupen Dubey, COO – Seeds has been with the UPL Group for 15 years, where he has had a dynamic career moving from a regional role in India to Regional Business lead for India, before moving into role of Chief Executive Officer -Seeds business in 2016. Bhupen has played a key role in managing and integrating companies within the UPL group such as Advanta/ UPL, Golden Seeds and Unicorn. He has been driving essential integrations to bring profitable and sustainable growth for the UPL business.

 K. R. Srivastava  K. R. Srivastava

COO - Speciality Chemicals

K.R. Srivastava (KRS), COO - Speciality Chemicals, joined UPL in 1999. He has held several senior leadership positions in the UPL Crop Protection business. KRS played an instrumental role in the scale up of our manufacturing footprint, Operational excellence through projects in his role as the leader for the Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing organization, In 2016, KRS took up the opportunity to develop the Specialty Chemicals business at a global level as the CEO- Specialty Chemicals for UPL.

 Rohit Kumar  Rohit Kumar

Global General Counsel

Rohit Kumar joined UPL in 2010. He is the Global General Counsel of UPL Group where he leads a team of close to 40 in-house lawyers overseeing all aspects of legal work relating to the group. Rohit brings over 18 year experience dealing with mergers, acquisitions, advising the company on strategic disputes and other legal law issues affecting the group globally. Prior to UPL, Rohit has worked as a commercial lawyer for Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in Melbourne, Australia and J. Sagar Associates (JSA) in New Delhi, India.

Paresh Talati, Global Head – Chemistry R&D, joined UPL in 1994. He has been instrumental in creating a strong business focused R&D organization that has contributed immensely towards UPL's growth objectives.

Paresh has over 37 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and agri-inputs industry.

Bhupen Dubey, COO – Seeds has been with the UPL Group for 15 years, where he has had a dynamic career moving from a regional role in India to Regional Business lead for India, before moving into role of Chief Executive Officer -Seeds business in 2016. Bhupen has played a key role in managing and integrating companies within the UPL group such as Advanta/ UPL, Golden Seeds and Unicorn. He has been driving essential integrations to bring profitable and sustainable growth for the UPL business.

K.R. Srivastava (KRS), COO - Speciality Chemicals, joined UPL in 1999. He has held several senior leadership positions in the UPL Crop Protection business. KRS played an instrumental role in the scale up of our manufacturing footprint, Operational excellence through projects in his role as the leader for the Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing organization, In 2016, KRS took up the opportunity to develop the Specialty Chemicals business at a global level as the CEO- Specialty Chemicals for UPL.

Rohit Kumar joined UPL in 2010. He is the Global General Counsel of UPL Group where he leads a team of close to 40 in-house lawyers overseeing all aspects of legal work relating to the group. Rohit brings over 18 year experience dealing with mergers, acquisitions, advising the company on strategic disputes and other legal law issues affecting the group globally. Prior to UPL, Rohit has worked as a commercial lawyer for Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in Melbourne, Australia and J. Sagar Associates (JSA) in New Delhi, India.

 Sagar Kaushik  Sagar Kaushik

Global Head Corporate Affairs

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 Adrian Percy

Chief Technology Officer

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  Vicente Gongora

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Vicente Gongora is currently the CMO and has been part of UPL journey for more than 10 years

In his past 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.

 Paula Pinto  Paula Pinto

Global Head – Business & Marketing Excellence

Paula Pinto is Global Head of Business & Marketing Excellence driving cross-company strategic initiatives, global marketing communication efforts, market intelligence, business analytics and the implementation of agile processes and support tools across the organization. Prior to this role, she lead Global Strategic Alliances and B2B and co-lead the integration efforts following the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience by UPL.

Paula joined Arysta LifeScience in 2010 as Head of Global Marketing. She was appointed Head of Integration for Arysta LifeScience in August 2018. Prior to this appointment, she recently held the positions of Vice President of Global Procurement and Third Party Relations and Vice President of Global Portfolio Management.

Previously, Paula had a career in the specialty chemicals sector spanning 21 years in Momentive and its predecessor companies—including Union Carbide, OSi Specialties Corporation, and GE Silicones. In Momentive and predecessor companies, she filled a range of senior roles of increasing responsibility in operations, business management, and marketing. Originally from Brazil and also a US Citizen, Paula has lived in multiple world regions and is fluent in four languages.

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 currently the CMO and has been part of UPL journey for more than 10 years

In his past 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.

Paula Pinto is Global Head of Business & Marketing Excellence driving cross-company strategic initiatives, global marketing communication efforts, market intelligence, business analytics and the implementation of agile processes and support tools across the organization. Prior to this role, she lead Global Strategic Alliances and B2B and co-lead the integration efforts following the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience by UPL.

Paula joined Arysta LifeScience in 2010 as Head of Global Marketing. She was appointed Head of Integration for Arysta LifeScience in August 2018. Prior to this appointment, she recently held the positions of Vice President of Global Procurement and Third Party Relations and Vice President of Global Portfolio Management.

Previously, Paula had a career in the specialty chemicals sector spanning 21 years in Momentive and its predecessor companies—including Union Carbide, OSi Specialties Corporation, and GE Silicones. In Momentive and predecessor companies, she filled a range of senior roles of increasing responsibility in operations, business management, and marketing. Originally from Brazil and also a US Citizen, Paula has lived in multiple world regions and is fluent in four languages.

 Fabio Torretta  Fabio Torretta

Global Head – Sustainable Solutions

Fabio Torretta is currently Global Head of Sustainable Solutions. He held the role of Regional Head of Brazil before moving into the current position. His main focus will be on developing our strategy for Sustainables that includes naturally derived micro interventions to protect crops, improve plant resilience and increase crop yield, impacting the health and sustainability of food systems at macro level. A Sales & Marketing leader with 37 years of experience, who led LATAM and Brazil successfully for the last 6 years, Fabio’s leadership will enable UPL scale up its Sustainable Solutions business to newer heights.

Fabio Torretta is currently Global Head of Sustainable Solutions. He held the role of Regional Head of Brazil before moving into the current position. His main focus will be on developing our strategy for Sustainables that includes naturally derived micro interventions to protect crops, improve plant resilience and increase crop yield, impacting the health and sustainability of food systems at macro level. A Sales & Marketing leader with 37 years of experience, who led LATAM and Brazil successfully for the last 6 years, Fabio’s leadership will enable UPL scale up its Sustainable Solutions business to newer heights.

Regional Leaders

 Craig Brekkas  Craig Brekkas

Region Head
North America

Craig Brekkas is currently the Regional Head of North America. Craig grew up on a grain farm in Western Canada and brings more than 25 years of experience in the agriculture industry both in the US and Canadian markets where he has held multiple Sales, Marketing and Regional Leadership roles with increasing responsibility. Prior to his current position, Craig was Head of Canada where he lead the Sales, Marketing, R&D, and commercial strategy for the business. Craig joined UPL in 2019 through the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience.

Region Head
Europe South

Felix Lorente is the Region Head - Europe South. Felix has more than 23 years of experience in Agribusiness working for Multinational Companies in country management, commercial policies planning and operations control in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Middle East.

Region Head
Australia, South East Asia and New Zealand (ASEANZ)

Sameer Tandon is heading the region of ASEANZ as with influx of new business opportunities and growth potential on key markets of significance.

He is an engineering graduate from National Institute of Technology, Raipur. He has attended several management programs at leading institutions in India and been involved with delivering trainings for practising managers. Sameer has over 25 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in some of the top MNC and Indian corporates including Sumitomo, Castrol (BP), Monsanto and Escorts.

Under his leadership India region attained No. 1 position as the biggest Crop Protection company in the country with a comprehensive increase in profitability. Sameer strategized and implemented the integrated Crop Protection and bio-solutions package branded as ProNutiva bringing sustainability objective to forefront in agriculture along with improving profitability for the farmers.

A People leader in true sense, Sameer has personally coached the key transformation in the mindsets of the teams and enabled building capability of more effective and simultaneously efficiently delivering high growths through various organization wide interventions. Sameer has been a great team leader and inculcated the team spirit in all in his past role as India Region Head.

 Hisaya Kobayashi  Hisaya Kobayashi

Region Head
Asia

Hisaya Kobayashi is the Regional Head of Asia. He was with Arysta LifeScience and one of Arysta's predecessor companies, Tomen Corporation, since 1991.

Kobayashi's international career began in corporate planning and sales to Latin America and Southeast Asia for Tomen Corporation, Tokyo. With Arysta LifeScience, he then served as marketing and supply chain director in Brazil and head of supply chain for Europe Africa Middle East. Prior to his current position in Japan and Asia, he was based in Pau, France, where he served as regional director for Central and Eastern Europe.

Sameer Tandon is heading the region of ASEANZ as with influx of new business opportunities and growth potential on key markets of significance.

He is an engineering graduate from National Institute of Technology, Raipur. He has attended several management programs at leading institutions in India and been involved with delivering trainings for practising managers. Sameer has over 25 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in some of the top MNC and Indian corporates including Sumitomo, Castrol (BP), Monsanto and Escorts.

Under his leadership India region attained No. 1 position as the biggest Crop Protection company in the country with a comprehensive increase in profitability. Sameer strategized and implemented the integrated Crop Protection and bio-solutions package branded as ProNutiva bringing sustainability objective to forefront in agriculture along with improving profitability for the farmers.

A People leader in true sense, Sameer has personally coached the key transformation in the mindsets of the teams and enabled building capability of more effective and simultaneously efficiently delivering high growths through various organization wide interventions. Sameer has been a great team leader and inculcated the team spirit in all in his past role as India Region Head.

Fabio Torretta is currently the Regional Head of Brazil. Fabio brings more than 35 years of experience in Agri-inputs industry including Crop Protection, Animal Nutrition and Fertilizer. Fabio has achieved superior results in multiple markets by building high performance teams and flawless execution of the Strategy plan. Prior to his current role, Fabio led Arysta’s business in Southern Africa and post that he moved to LATAM as Regional Busines Head in 2015.

Prior to working with UPL, Fabio has managed leadership roles in Sales and Marketing with companies in Agri-inputs industry like Socil Evialis Animal Nutrition and Fersol Ind. E Comercio S/A.

Craig Brekkas is currently the Regional Head of North America. Craig grew up on a grain farm in Western Canada and brings more than 25 years of experience in the agriculture industry both in the US and Canadian markets where he has held multiple Sales, Marketing and Regional Leadership roles with increasing responsibility. Prior to his current position, Craig was Head of Canada where he lead the Sales, Marketing, R&D, and commercial strategy for the business. Craig joined UPL in 2019 through the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience.

Hisaya Kobayashi is the Regional Head of Asia. He was with Arysta LifeScience and one of Arysta's predecessor companies, Tomen Corporation, since 1991.

Kobayashi's international career began in corporate planning and sales to Latin America and Southeast Asia for Tomen Corporation, Tokyo. With Arysta LifeScience, he then served as marketing and supply chain director in Brazil and head of supply chain for Europe Africa Middle East. Prior to his current position in Japan and Asia, he was based in Pau, France, where he served as regional director for Central and Eastern Europe.

Felix Lorente is the Region Head - Europe South. Felix has more than 23 years of experience in Agribusiness working for Multinational Companies in country management, commercial policies planning and operations control in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Middle East.

Region Head
AME

Marcel Dreyer is the Regional Head of Africa, Middle East

With UPLs expansion and need to have focussed strategies to increase footprint in key new markets Marcel will now be heading this newly formed business region.

In the past, he has handled multiple leadership roles in Hyper Agrochemical Pvt ltd, Tsunami Plant Protection Pvt Ltd as Technical and Marketing Director. With UPL his past role was heading erstwhile business region of Africa Middle East Australia and New Zealand (AMEANZ).

Region Head
LATAM

Jagdish Nainwal is the Regional Head of LATAM. Prior to managing LATAM, Jagdish was leading Mexico business as its Country Manager. He started his 2nd journey in UPL in the year 2014 in the Global Marketing team as a Global Portfolio Lead - Insecticides. He comes with more than 18 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and P&L management. He has strong functional and business understanding which has been built through diverse roles that he has managed in UPL and externally.

Prior to joining UPL, Jagdish has worked in different multi-national companies in the Agri-inputs industry such as BASF & Pioneer Hi-Bred international (A DuPont Company).

Region Head
Europe North

Jeroen Voorbraak is the Regional Head of Europe North.

Jeroen started his career in the Agro Chemicals industry in 2005 at Dutch based production company AgriChem, which was acquired by UPL in 2012. At AgriChem Jeroen worked in both the commercial as well as the production side of the business.

Since 2012 Jeroen has successfully grown UPL’s business in various European countries and has recently managed the subregion of Northwest Europe.

Region Head
CEO – Brazil

Rogerio Castro is back to UPL as CEO Brazil and is responsible for all UPL businesses in Brazil, including alliances and joint ventures. Rogerio has spent over 30 years in the Agro sector and was associated with UPL from 2011 to 2019 before he moved out as Operating Partner of Agro practice of Patria Investments. Earlier, as Head of UPL’s Brazilian business, he was known for driving aggressive growth with a long-term strategic mindset. This leadership will help to further strengthen our presence in the market.

Rogerio leads UPL business partnerships in Brazil and is a Board Member in Sinagro and Serra Bonita Seeds. The DECCO and Advanta businesses report on a dotted line to him.

Marcel Dreyer is the Regional Head of Africa, Middle East

With UPLs expansion and need to have focussed strategies to increase footprint in key new markets Marcel will now be heading this newly formed business region.

In the past, he has handled multiple leadership roles in Hyper Agrochemical Pvt ltd, Tsunami Plant Protection Pvt Ltd as Technical and Marketing Director. With UPL his past role was heading erstwhile business region of Africa Middle East Australia and New Zealand (AMEANZ).

Jagdish Nainwal is the Regional Head of LATAM. Prior to managing LATAM, Jagdish was leading Mexico business as its Country Manager. He started his 2nd journey in UPL in the year 2014 in the Global Marketing team as a Global Portfolio Lead - Insecticides. He comes with more than 18 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and P&L management. He has strong functional and business understanding which has been built through diverse roles that he has managed in UPL and externally.

Prior to joining UPL, Jagdish has worked in different multi-national companies in the Agri-inputs industry such as BASF & Pioneer Hi-Bred international (A DuPont Company).

Jeroen Voorbraak is the Regional Head of Europe North.

Jeroen started his career in the Agro Chemicals industry in 2005 at Dutch based production company AgriChem, which was acquired by UPL in 2012. At AgriChem Jeroen worked in both the commercial as well as the production side of the business.

Since 2012 Jeroen has successfully grown UPL’s business in various European countries and has recently managed the subregion of Northwest Europe.

Rogerio Castro is back to UPL as CEO Brazil and is responsible for all UPL businesses in Brazil, including alliances and joint ventures. Rogerio has spent over 30 years in the Agro sector and was associated with UPL from 2011 to 2019 before he moved out as Operating Partner of Agro practice of Patria Investments. Earlier, as Head of UPL’s Brazilian business, he was known for driving aggressive growth with a long-term strategic mindset. This leadership will help to further strengthen our presence in the market.

Rogerio leads UPL business partnerships in Brazil and is a Board Member in Sinagro and Serra Bonita Seeds. The DECCO and Advanta businesses report on a dotted line to him.

Region Head
India

Ashish Dobhal is currently Regional Head of India. Ashish has been part of UPL journey since last 17+ years, he has worked in different countries like Japan, China, Taiwan, Middle East, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh etc. He has taken many challenges upfront and has turned them into success consistently. He is seen as someone who takes up challenging assignments and delivers. With the help of our digital and fintech initiatives, he will be playing a pivotal role in more than doubling our business in India in a short time frame. In past Ashish was Head of UPL Agri Formulation business.

Ashish Dobhal is currently Regional Head of India. Ashish has been part of UPL journey since last 17+ years, he has worked in different countries like Japan, China, Taiwan, Middle East, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh etc. He has taken many challenges upfront and has turned them into success consistently. He is seen as someone who takes up challenging assignments and delivers. With the help of our digital and fintech initiatives, he will be playing a pivotal role in more than doubling our business in India in a short time frame. In past Ashish was Head of UPL Agri Formulation business.

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