Chief Digital Officer | episode 460

Syngenta Group CIO & CDO Greg Meyers

Greg Meyers is the chief information and digital officer of Syngenta Group, a $12.5 billion agrochemical company based in Basel, Switzerland. In his role, Greg helps run IT for the company, which entails everything from infrastructure to customer self-service, and e-commerce. Further, he is responsible for how technology is used and consumed inside and outside to help the company’s customers be successful. Prior to joining Syngenta Group, Greg was the Corporate VP and CIO of Motorola. June 08, 2020

460: Syngenta Group chief information and digital officer Greg Meyers asserts that we are now heading into the third wave of technology change, which he believes can help reverse some of the effects that we have seen with climate change. Agriculture is responsible for about one third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and it consumes about 70 percent of the world’s freshwater supply, which is 30 percent more than we can naturally replenish. This third wave entails bringing computer and data science to the farms to try to find these breakthroughs that allow farmers to continue to increase food production as the world population grows in a way that is more regenerative, keeps more carbon in the soils, and allows us to conserve more water. We also discuss the extreme difference between different market segments that the company operates in, the talent landscape in Switzerland, the evolution of IT going from trying to get IT on the agenda of management teams to extreme excitement around the function, among other topics.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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