Monsanto Appoints First Filipina as CEO to Lead PH Office

10/28/2016

Manila, Philippines – Monsanto Company announced the appointment of Rachel P. Lomibao as Country Commercial Lead for the Philippines, making her the first Filipino woman to hold the highest executive office in one of the key global markets of Monsanto Co in Asia.

Chat Ocampo, Monsanto Philippines' Corporate Engagement Lead, said the appointment reflects Monsanto's commitment to develop in-country talent to take on leadership roles. As an equal opportunity employer, Monsanto values diversity and inclusiveness in its workforce.

"This appointment is seen by many as a big win for women in the agriculture industry, which is traditionally dominated by men," said Ocampo said. "As a leader in agricultural biotechnology, Monsanto through its example is paving the way for highly capable women to occupy leadership positions."

Lomibao joined Monsanto Philippines in 2012 as Marketing Lead before assuming the position of National Sales Lead in 2014. Both roles provided her with a critical understanding of Monsanto business, customers, and products in the Philippines, and strengthened her leadership competencies for the country lead role.

Rachel provided support to ensure that the Philippines gets selected as a launch country for the global initiative FARMERS FIRST which aims to serve as platform for farmers to readily access agronomic, weather and commodity price information through mobile technology.

Prior to joining Monsanto, Lomibao worked at Pioneer Hi-Bred Philippines and at DuPont Crop Protection in Sales and Marketing.  With her extensive knowledge of the agriculture sector and ten years of experience in both the corn and crop protection industries, she is committed to helping Filipino farmers increase productivity and uplift their lives through companies like Monsanto.

“Rachel has already proven that she has strong leadership skills as well as excellent business and technical skills,” Ocampo said. “All of us at Monsanto are confident that she will be able to steer our organization to achieve even greater heights.”

Lomibao holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts from the University of Philippines and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Regis Program, where she earned the Gold Medal for Academic Excellence.

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About Monsanto Philippines
Monsanto Philippines is a local unit of Monsanto, a Fortune 500 global power company with a diverse portfolio of advanced biotechnology products produced in 404 facilities in 66 countries. To date, Monsanto Philippines has four facilities spread out across the country, which includes its head office in Alabang, a Refuge-in-a-Bag (RIB) Plant and cold warehouse located in Bulacan, and an R&D station in Mindanao. The company also has partnerships with the Philippine government through the Department of Agriculture as well as the local scientific and academic communities in the promotion of modern agricultural biotechnology. To learn more, please visit
www.monsanto.ph.


About Monsanto
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, sorghum, canola, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.