Arysta LifeScience Corporation names John Killmer as Global Head of Marketing


TOKYO, November 1 – One of the crop protection industry’s most experienced strategists is coming back to Japan as a key player in Arysta LifeScience Corporation’s international growth plans.

Dr. Christopher Richards, Arysta’s President and CEO, today announced that Dr. John Killmer will join the company on November 4 as Global Head of Marketing.

Based in Tokyo, John will lead Arysta’s global product and supply chain activities, driving short term global performance and guiding the strategic product leadership necessary for growth in the future.

As Global Head of Marketing, John brings more than 20 years of crop protection and agrochemical experience. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, he worked in a wide range of technical and commercial leadership roles with Monsanto. These included posts as Research Director based in Tokyo, President of Monsanto China, and Global Chemistry Operations Lead based in St. Louis.

According to Chris Richards, John’s rare combination of scientific, commercial and cross-cultural expertise is ideal for Arysta in 2005 and beyond.

"As a company, we’ve embarked on a long-term strategy of international growth,” says Chris. “We’re growing by building our product portfolio, expanding our development, marketing and distribution capabilities and capitalizing on the dedication of top-performing Arysta people all over the world."

"We’re delighted to have John on board, to drive the implementation of our product-based strategy worldwide, and to maximize the effectiveness of our global operations."

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Arysta is an entrepreneurial provider of crop protection and life science products worldwide. The company is growing by building a world class business in the development, marketing and distribution of respected crop protection brands and an intimate understanding of the needs of global producers. For further information about Arysta LifeScience Corporation, please see:

For more information, please contact:
Akira Kinoshita
Global Head of HR & Communications,
Arysta LifeScience Corporation
Phone: +81 3 3547 4513