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Syngenta Board Proposes Stefan Borgas to Become New Director
Date:2/25/2009

BASEL, Switzerland, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Syngenta announced today that the Board of Directors will propose to shareholders at the Annual General Meeting on April 21, 2009, to name Stefan Borgas as a new member of the Syngenta Board.

Stefan Borgas (45) is Chief Executive Officer of Lonza, one of the world's leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science industries, headquartered in Basel. Prior to joining Lonza in 2004 he worked in various senior international functions for BASF. Stefan Borgas holds a degree in business administration from the University of Saarbruecken, Germany, and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 24,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us please go to www.syngenta.com.

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