Corteva Agriscience has appointed Dr Sam Eathington as its chief technology officer, leading its Research & Development organisation and “helping to drive global agricultural innovation for the benefit of farmers, consumers and the planet”. He succeeds Dr Neal Gutterson who retired from the company at the end of 2020.

Dr Eathington, from an Illinois farming background, joins Corteva from The Climate Corporation, now part of Bayer Crop Science since Bayer acquired Monsanto. He was chief science officer at the Climate Corp, following nearly two decades focused on quantitative traits and molecular breeding at Monsanto.

In his new role, Dr Eathington will be responsible for the multinational’s portfolio of products and technologies, while spearheading global agricultural innovation and sustainability.

“Sam has a long history of driving commercially successful scientific innovation and his insights and experience will be a tremendous advantage for Corteva,” notes chief executive James C Collins Jr. “With Sam’s leadership and expertise, we will continue to launch transformative solutions that meet the evolving needs of consumers and empower farmers to produce more, building on the success of recent key product launches while further diversifying our portfolio across crops and geographies.”