Rudolf van Houten Named Arysta LifeScience CFO

TOKYO, NOV. 14, 2005 – Rudolf van Houten has been named Chief Financial Officer of Arysta LifeScience, the world’s largest privately-held crop protection and life science company. Based in Tokyo, Rudolf will begin his new role in early January, 2006, and will report to Chris Richards, Arysta LifeScience president and CEO.

"Rudolf brings extensive global experience in a wide range of senior finance positions in Europe, Japan and the USA,” said Richards. “His exceptional blend of global experience and his proven track record in finance are great assets for our company. He will provide effective leadership for the world class financial team we continue to build in Arysta LifeScience."

After graduating from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, Rudolf worked for three years at Summit Bank in New Jersey before moving to Roche Pharmaceuticals. His seven years with Roche included three years in Japan as CFO, as well as roles in Greece and in Holland. Since 2000, Rudolf has worked in finance roles in Quest, most recently as vice president Finance of the Food Division. Rudolf has an MBA from IMD, Switzerland. Rudolf replaces Robert Wernick who recently left the company.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Arysta LifeScience is the world’s largest privately-held crop protection and life science company with 2004 revenues of ¥103.2 billion (US$1 billion). An entrepreneurial provider of crop protection and life science products in more than 100 countries worldwide, Arysta LifeScience specializes in the marketing and distribution of respected crop protection brands and life science products in harmony with the needs of global producers.


For more information, please contact:

Donna Uchida
Global Communications
Arysta LifeScience
Phone: +1 (415) 536-3465