Thank you for joining us as part of the National Press Foundation “Farm to Table: Where Your Food Comes From” professional development training.
Through improved plant genetics, DuPont Pioneer is committed to helping growers produce safe and better food, with higher yields and fewer resources. Today, you’ll hear from more than a dozen subject-matter experts, who will share their insights on how we are taking crop technology into the next generation – from our leadership in CRISPR-Cas advanced breeding technology to the digital transformation of agriculture.
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Director, Production Genotyping, DuPont Pioneer
Jason Abbas has spent 18 years in molecular marker technologies and genotyping. For the past seven years, he worked at Syngenta Seeds, where he led a diverse group of functions supporting all crops in North America, before rejoining Pioneer in April.
Prior to working for Syngenta, Jason held a number of research roles of increasing responsibility at Pioneer, where he started in 1994 as a research assistant.
Jason is a certified project management professional, a seasoned lean practitioner and a member of the board of directors for the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa.
Greenhouse Team Leader, ABT Controlled Environments, DuPont Pioneer
Keith Allen has spent most of his career working in production research with a focus on seed treatment, population studies and inbred characterization. He has also worked on breeding and parent seed, where he focused on inventory management and purity testing.
Currently, Keith works for controlled environments in the DuPont Pioneer greenhouse. While there, he and his team focus on plant care, pollinations and internal research. He also oversees pollinations that take place in the greenhouse.
Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University.
Global Trait & Product Planning Manager – Latin America, DuPont Pioneer
Ana worked for two years in the DuPont Crop Protection organization in Brazil and then moved to the United States.
Ana joined DuPont Pioneer in 2008 as a research scientist in the Ag Biotech research group, leading research eff orts related to Insect Resistance Management science. In that role, she directed research to support registration of the Pioneer® brand Optimum® AcreMax® family of products, as well as research to support commercial traits in Brazil. Ana currently serves as the product strategy manager for Latin America.
Ana holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. She also holds a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Vice President, Crop Genetics Research and Development, DuPont Pioneer
John Arbuckle is responsible for providing strategic direction to establish dedicated research competencies focused to align critical information and technology so they flow together with advanced integrated products and services as they move from Research to Encirca® services and other Decision Support Initiatives within our business.
John first joined Pioneer in the Molecular Markers group in 1992. He held various positions in the Markers and Genomics groups, including principal investigator of a Discovery Research program aimed at developing new technologies for gene discovery and genetic analysis, ultimately resulting in patent protected Pioneer technology.
John became the research director for Global Marker Technologies in 2008 and accepted the appointment to lead Field Research Information Management in 2012. In 2013, John served as senior research director for Global Marker and Research Information Technologies. John also served as the DuPont Pioneer research lead responsible for developing the strategic vision and supporting framework aligning Pioneer and Pannar Research for all crops and disciplines. In 2014, John served as the vice president for Crop Genetics Research and Development.
John earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Illinois State University.
Greenhouse Team Leader, ABT Controlled Environments, DuPont Pioneer
Brian manages a flex-force group, built to deliver the right people to the right job at the right time. During his time in Controlled Environments, he worked on pollinations, sanitation, environmental controls and purchasing.
Previously, he worked on site maintenance for DuPont Pioneer, where he managed staff to ensure all aspects of outside work — the application of fertilizers and chemicals, as well as the irrigation of trees, shrubs, grass and ornamentals — was completed properly.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Iowa State University.
John L. Chrosniak
Vice President, Strategic Services and Planning, DuPont Pioneer
John L. Chrosniak is responsible for Strategy Planning, Platform Management and Business Development, Encirca® services, Information Technology and market opportunities for Plenish® soybeans. He joined DuPont in 2005 as global marketing director, DuPont Crop Protection.
Prior to joining DuPont, he was a senior manager in the consulting practice at Deloitte.
From 2006 to 2013 he served as regional business director, North America, DuPont Crop Protection, responsible for Sales, Marketing and Field Development for DuPont’s line of Crop Protection products.
In 2013 he was appointed global business director, DuPont Electronics & Communications, responsible for the Packaging Graphics Business. In 2015, he was named president of DuPont Sustainable Solutions, the global operations consulting division of DuPont. In 2016, he was named vice president of Strategy and Merger Integration Planning. He was named to his current position November 1, 2016.
John has served as chairman of CropLife America and has served on the board of United Fresh Produce and the Agriculture Council of America.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University and received his Master of Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Research Scientist, Controlled Environments, DuPont Pioneer
Laura joined Pioneer in 1994 and spent most of her career in the areas of transformation technology development and production transformation support. Most recently, she was a transformation lab leader in support of Herbicide Tolerance and REACH programs.
Previously, Laura worked with trait purity, cost modeling and lean practices.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Botany and a Master of Science in Professional Agriculture from Iowa State University.
Executive Vice President, DuPont
James C. Collins, Jr. is executive vice president with responsibility for the DuPont Agriculture segment: DuPont Pioneer and Crop Protection. After the completion of the proposed merger of equals between DuPont and Dow, he will become the chief operating officer for the DowDuPont agriculture business. The merger is expected to close by August 31, 2017.
He joined DuPont as an engineer in 1984 and began his career in DuPont Manufacturing. He held positions in engineering, supervision and business management at a variety of plant sites.
In 1993, he joined the Agriculture Sales & Marketing Group as a sales representative and product manager. From 2004 to 2010, Jim was responsible for DuPont Crop Protection, first as vice president and general manager and then president.
In 2011, he was appointed vice president for Acquisition & Integration of Danisco, and was named president of the newly formed DuPont Industrial Biosciences in May of that year. Beginning in 2013, he assumed responsibility for the Performance Materials segment and additional corporate functional responsibilities as senior vice president. He was named to the position of executive vice president in 2014, and in 2015 added responsibility for the Electronics & Communications segment. He was named to his current role as ag segment leader in 2016.
Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Christian Brothers College in Memphis, Tennessee. He also received his Master of Business Administration in Marketing with a focus on International Business from the University of Delaware.
He currently serves on the board of directors for CropLife International, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Christian Brothers University and the U.S. China Business Council.
Director, Regulatory Product Strategy and Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer
Kevin Diehl and his team develop and implement coordinated, global strategies for moving new biotech traits from the Research and Development (R&D) pipeline to the commercial business, and ultimately, to Pioneer’s farmer customers.
Kevin’s team also authors and helps get scientific journal articles published about regulatory science, works with international authorities to help ensure high standards for the science and risk assessments that are part of the regulatory approval process, and partners with academics globally to enhance the science on biotechnology.
He began working for DuPont in 1993. Kevin has held research, agronomy, marketing and sales management positions during his time with the company. Prior to accepting his current role in 2012,
Kevin led the Six Sigma Sales and Marketing team for DuPont Crop Protection in North America.
Kevin earned his Ph.D. in Plant Physiology and Weed Science from the University of Illinois and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Agricultural Studies from Iowa State University.
Senior Technology Leader, Applied Technology Systems, DuPont Pioneer
Jonathan Frantz serves as a master grower in the Johnston greenhouses, specializing in plant nutrition. Prior to joining Pioneer, he worked at the USDA as a research horticulturist.
Jonathan also serves as an adjunct professor for the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo, the Department of Horticulture and Crop Sciences at Ohio State University and the Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Science at the University of Maine.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Virginia Polytech, a Master of Science in Horticulture from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from Utah State University. He has 60 peer-reviewed publications and active memberships in several horticultural and controlled environment societies.
Nadilia Gomez Raboteaux
Research Scientist, Field Technology Innovation and Operations, DuPont Pioneer
Nadilia Gomez Raboteaux joined DuPont Pioneer in 2010 and, since then, has had many different roles as part of multidisciplinary teams that design, develop and deploy digital ag solutions for breeding and farming.
In 2013, Nadilia joined the Encirca® services team. She was a member of the team that launched the very first farmer-facing Encirca® Nitrogen service at Pioneer. Her curiosity and creativity placed her at the epicenter of high-impact, high-risk projects where innovative solutions and prototypes are the norm. In 2015, she served as the Research & Development Strategy lead for the Data Science and Informatics group supporting the Digital Services domain. Her keen ability to develop a shared-purpose, an actionable roadmap and a stimulating vision contributed to her success as a liaison connecting business needs, scientific discovery and software development initiatives.
She is currently a research scientist on the Field Technology Innovation and Operations team and a key contributor in the development of a strategic vision for Digital Ag Solutions at Pioneer.
Nadilia graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics and a Master of Science in Applied Plant Sciences.
Vice President, Plant Breeding, DuPont Pioneer
Geoff Graham leads the breeding efforts for all crops at Pioneer, including canola, corn, cotton, millet, rice, sorghum, soybean, sunflower and wheat worldwide. He’s a member of the Pioneer Research Leadership Team, ensuring products are developed with customer needs in mind and aligned between the research and commercial organizations.
As a member of the Plant Breeding Team, Geoff and other team members look to extend the One Corn Principles – clear product targets, local accountability and decision making, and global leverage of new ideas and improved practices to all Pioneer breeding programs, world-wide.
In 2000, Geoff joined Pioneer as a research scientist aimed at incorporating new technologies into breeding. He’s held numerous roles with increasing responsibility, including director of Molecular Breeding, senior director of North America Maize Product Development, senior director for Americas Maize Product Development, and most recently as vice president for Hybrid Crops Lead.
Geoff earned a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy followed by a Master of Science in Genetics and Plant Breeding from the University of Minnesota. He then earned his Ph.D. in Genetics and Plant Breeding from North Carolina State University.
Senior Manager, Digitization, DuPont Pioneer
Jeremy provides business leadership for digital agriculture tools within DuPont Pioneer business and sales channels. During the past nine years with DuPont Pioneer, Jeremy has held various roles in research, agronomy and sales, working on key initiatives including Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax® hybrids, Pioneer® GrowingPoint® Agronomy trials, DuPont Drought Research Council, and Sustainability Teams.
Prior to serving as the senior manager for Digitization, Jeremy was an Encirca® services manager and an agronomy research manager.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Crop Science, as well as a Master of Science in Plant Physiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Vice President, Research and Development, DuPont Pioneer
Neal Gutterson, Ph.D., is vice president, Research and Development (R&D), and is a member of the DuPont Pioneer Leadership Team. In this capacity, Neal leads all R&D and product development functions to create innovative agricultural products, services and integrated solutions which combine Pioneer’s industry-leading germplasm, breeding systems, biotechnology-derived solutions, and data analytics.
Neal built his career through a series of progressively more senior research and development roles at biotechnology start-up companies, including Advanced Genetic Sciences and DNA Plant Technology Corporation. In 2002, he joined Mendel Biotechnology as vice president, R&D. Neal served as president, chief executive officer and board member of Mendel Biotechnology prior to joining DuPont Pioneer in 2014.
Neal has an extensive history of professional memberships, and he currently sits on the Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo Board of Trustees where he is program committee chair. He is also widely published in scientific journals and is a regular speaker at industry conferences.
Neal holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Yale University and a Doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He has also attended the Stanford Business School Emerging Companies Executive Program. Neal is named inventor on more than 30 patents and pending patent applications.
Senior Research Manager, Genome Edited Trait Discovery – Trait Discovery & Optimization, DuPont Pioneer
Nandini Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., is senior research manager for Genome Edited Trait Discovery (GETD) at DuPont Pioneer. In this role, Nandini leads a team developing a cohesive strategy to effectively apply CRISPR-Cas technology toward trait discovery.
The trait areas of focus include disease resistance, drought tolerance and improving yield stability. The GETD group is responsible for implementing gene discovery approaches and optimizing efficacy of genes to meet product specifications and drive differential advantages in the marketplace.
Nandini joined DuPont Pioneer in 2008 at the DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC), Hyderabad, India. Her responsibility included building a computational biology group that developed novel strategies for discovery research. She managed a global team of computational biologists, data scientists and bioinformatics developers to create and validate novel computational approaches for gene discovery and build robust pipelines to support high-throughput gene discovery. Nandini also had responsibility as a site lead for Pioneer AgBiotech at DKC and helped establish the admin and information management groups at the site.
Nandini earned her Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Texas A&M University, College Station, and completed her post-doctoral training at the Plant Molecular Biology Lab in Rockefeller University, New York, and at the Structural Phylogenomics group, University of California, Berkeley.
Research Manager, Insectary, DuPont Pioneer
Jared Ostrem has been working on entomological research for more than 20 years. He has been with DuPont Pioneer for the past 14 years and has spent time working in discovery entomology, regulatory science, and product characterization.
His current role is the manager of the U.S. susceptible line insect production group in Johnston, Iowa.
Jared earned his Bachelor of Science in Entomology and Pest Management from Iowa State University.
Director, Integrated Product Characterization and Development, DuPont Pioneer
Wendy Srnic leads the Integrated Product Characterization and Development (IPCD) at DuPont Pioneer. The IPCD group focuses on designing, validating, assembling and evaluating Integrated Product Offerings to Pioneer and its customers. Integrated products include a wider range of available technologies to solve the challenges our growers are facing.
These technologies include our current core of genetics and traits, but also seed treatments, biologicals, crop protection chemistries and management practices. The focal areas within IPCD will be component characterization (i.e., traits, seed treatments, or technologies) across crops; integrated product design and assembly; and integrated product evaluation and advancement. Wendy is a member of the Research and Development Leadership Team.
Wendy joined DuPont Pioneer in 2007 as a research scientist in Maize Product Development following five years of agricultural biotechnology experience within the corporate ag industry in the United Kingdom and Italy. Since then, she has served in various positions within Crop Genetics Research & Development, most recently as director of Trait Integration.
Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University, a Master of Science in Weed Science from Virginia Tech University and Ph.D. in Crop Science from North Carolina State University.
Research Director, Core Technologies, DuPont Pioneer
Hillary Sullivan leads research eff orts to develop and globally deploy technology platforms and processes for Global Breeding and Marker Technologies.
Hillary joined Pioneer in 1996 as a research associate in the Molecular Marker lab. She has held numerous roles with increasing responsibility, including research scientist, senior research manager for Crop Genetics Research and Development, and research director for Global Marker Technologies.
As a result of her contributions in the advancement of marker technologies, Hillary was recognized as a finalist at the 2014 Women of Iowa Innovation Awards.
Hillary’s graduate studies at the Medical University of South Carolina focused on Molecular and Cellular Biology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.