Ms. Shilpa Divekar Nirula appointed India Region CEO


Dr. Gyanendra Shukla transitions to a Global Role in Monsanto

Mumbai, August 21, 2014: Monsanto has appointed Ms. Shilpa Divekar Nirula as the CEO for its business across India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka and Managing Director of Monsanto India Limited (MIL).

She will assume responsibility from Dr. Gyanendra Shukla for both these roles from September 1, 2014.

Ms. Nirula is an accomplished professional with over 18 years of experience across Consulting and Food & Agriculture sectors. During her seven years at Monsanto, she has successfully led several teams in Business, Strategy and Corporate Affairs. She embodies passion to modernize agriculture in India and improve the lives of Indian farmers in a sustainable way.

Dr. Shukla will transition as Regional Lead of Monsanto’s Africa Region. He will lead Monsanto’s efforts to transform agriculture in Africa. A 25 year agriculture sector veteran, Dr. Shukla has leadership experience across Commercial, Technology Development, Regulatory, Sales & Customer Service, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs in India and Asia - Pacific.

Congratulating Ms. Nirula on her new roles, Dr. Shukla said, “Shilpa’s breadth of experience and understanding of agriculture in India will bring valuable perspective to deepen Monsanto’s commitment to India.”


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