AgraQuest appoints Shapiro to board

By April 15, 2011

Davis-based AgraQuest has appointed Robert Shapiro to its board of directors effective immediately.

Shapiro is co-founder and managing director of Sandbox Industries. He was formerly chairman and CEO of Monsanto Co. Upon the merger of Monsanto with Pharmacia and Upjohn, he served as chairman of the newly-formed Pharmacia Corp. He brings deep insight into the agriculture industry as well as corporate governance to the AgraQuest board, a news release said.

Shapiro has served on the boards of the New York Stock Exchange (later NYSE Euronext), Citigroup, Rockwell International, Silicon Graphics and Sequus Pharmaceuticals. He serves as a director for Theranos Inc., Sapphire Energy Inc. and Elevance Renewable Sciences.

As a member of the board, Shapiro will help guide AgraQuest’s anticipated rapid growth in the global agriculture inputs market. The board will continue to counsel an experienced management team committed to positioning AgraQuest as the go to partner and world leader in innovative, low chemical agricultural solutions.

“Bob is a tremendous addition to our board with his deep understanding of agriculture and his vision and experience in transforming Monsanto, and thereby the agriculture industry,” said Marcus Meadows-Smith, CEO of AgraQuest, in the news release. “Bob will provide additional guidance on our path to becoming the premier low-chem and sustainable agricultural products company.”

Shapiro said it’s “an exciting time” to join AgraQuest’s board.

“With its pipeline of advanced biopesticides, AgraQuest is well positioned to deliver innovative solutions for more sustainable agricultural practices,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro is a 1959 graduate of Harvard College and holds a juris doctorate from Columbia University School of Law.

AgraQuest is a biotechnology company that focuses on discovering, manufacturing and marketing highly effective pest management products for agricultural, institutional and home markets while reducing the chemical load on the environment and creating sustainable agriculture opportunities. For more information, visit www.agraquest.com.

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