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 is currently COO – Natural Plant Protection (NPP). 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.