UPL, a leader in global food systems and sustainable agriculture technologies, has appointed Mike Frank as President and Chief Operating Officer UPL Crop Protection. Mike brings deep industry knowledge and extraordinary ‘end-to-end’ expertise, gleaned from his years at Monsanto and most recently at Nutrien, where he served as Executive Vice President and CEO, Nutrien Ag Solutions.
Speaking this appointment, Jai Shroff, Group CEO of UPL, said, “Agriculture is one of the only systems on the planet that has the ability to reshape and reverse the effects of climate change. Mike’s global perspective, entrepreneurial style and hands-on approach, coupled with a deep understanding of global food security challenges and driving passion for environmental and economic sustainability, makes him an excellent cultural fit to take UPL to the next level.
Mike Frank said, “I’m very impressed with UPL’s leadership in sustainability and the OpenAg ‘Reimagining Sustainability’ platform, which takes a unique approach at bringing together the various stakeholders in the food and agriculture ecosystem, focusing on helping farmers, advancing new and more sustainable technologies and feeding a growing planet. It’s an honour to join this dynamic team.”
Carlos Pellicer, Chief Operating Officer, continues his long association with UPL and will be working with Mike Frank for a handover of responsibilities to him on 1st April 2022 with the start of the new financial year.
Carlos will drive UPL group’s growth strategy, leading multiple projects under OpenAg, including UPL’s post-harvest business, carbon and digital projects, as a member of the Group Executive Committee to enhance farmer resilience.
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On behalf of the Board of Directors of UPL, Jai Shroff commended Carlos for his extraordinary contribution. He said, “He has been a key architect in transforming UPL from a products company to a global leader in sustainable agriculture technologies and solutions. A farmer himself, Carlos is passionate about understanding customers’ pain points and finding innovative ways to resolve their challenges. The originator of our OpenAg purpose, his commitment to a purpose-led strategy has brought new energy and focus across our entire operation, creating a ‘one team’ mindset that is powering our growth trajectory.”
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In closing, Carlos Pellicer said, “The potential for UPL to create new value is incredible. The organisation is uniquely positioned to become the new no. 1, at the cross-point of sustainable ag and sustainable food systems. With a fantastic team around the world, I believe Mike Frank is the right person to take UPL and OpenAg to the next level and unleash its full potential. The world needs it.”
UPL Group is reimagining sustainability across the breadth of its operations, powered by its OpenAg purpose to create sustainable growth for all.