25 June 2003 19:54 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (CNI)--US chemical giant DuPont Wednesday named Erik Fyrwald group vice president at DuPont Agriculture & Nutrition effective 1 July and said the company is moving its headquarters to Des Moines, Iowa from Wilmington, Delaware.
Fyrwald, 43, succeeds Howard Minigh who is resigning to pursue other interests.
Fyrwald is currently vice president and general manager at DuPont Nutrition & Health, a position he assumed in September 2000. He joined DuPont in 1981 and has held a variety of sales, marketing and management positions.
Said John Hodgson, DuPont executive vice president: "Erik has a unique combination of product, manufacturing and marketing knowledge, along with a strong understanding of the value chain for the global agriculture and nutrition industry."
DuPont Agriculture & Nutrition units include DuPont Crop Protection; Pioneer Hi-Bred International; and, DuPont Nutrition & Health which comprises Solae, DuPont Qualicon, Liqui-Box, and Food Industry Solutions.
DuPont said moving DuPont Agriculture & Nutrition's business headquarters will enable the company to be nearer to its customer base.
Des Moines also is the headquarters for Pioneer Hi-Bred, the primary location of the company's plant genetics research and development programs and is closer to Solae, a joint venture with St Louis, Missouri-based Bunge.
DuPont Agriculture & Nutrition 2002 revenues were about $5bn (Euro4.3bn).
DuPont is a science company based in Wilmington.
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